by Justin Ball

How To Install A Shower Head

From learning how to install a Rain Shower Head to a Handheld Shower Head, we've got you covered!

 

Here you'll find that no matter the type of Shower Head you're trying to install, you'll be able to give your bathroom a nice upgrade in just minutes.

 

To make sure that we are on the same page when installing your new Shower Head, we're going to get specific and break it down by the type of Shower Head, step-by-step instructions and a video to wrap it up.

But in the words of the great Abraham Lincoln, "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." Don't worry, we're not cutting down a tree and it ain't gonna take 6 hours. 

Let's talk about what you'll need!

 

 

What You'll Need To Install A New Shower Head 

 

  1. Shower Head- We've got a great selection!
  2. Teflon Tape - White thread seal tape used for plumbing, about $2 a roll.
  3. Rubber Sealing Washer - Usually included with your shower head.
  4. Adjustable Wrench or Pliers -For extra tightening.
  5. Terry Cloth - Protects Shower Head finish when using Wrench or Pliers.
  6. Safety Goggles - Better safe than sorry!
  7. Ladder - To climb up and replace Ceiling Mount Shower Heads.

    That's it, pretty simple! 

     

    How To Install a Wallmount: Fixed or Rain Shower Head

     

    A Wallmount Showerhead, is about as basic as it comes. All this means is that your Shower Arm extends out from your shower wall, not your ceiling. You can add different types of Shower Arms to make your Wallmount more spa-like or just stick with the standard J-Bend Shower Arm that most households have. What you'll find in common with the vast majority of Shower Heads, is that they all have a 1/2 inch female IPS threads which fit perfectly with the vast majority of 1/2 inch male IPS threads.

    Here's our Fixed Shower Head recommendation:

    Standard Shower Arm Speakman Icon Fixed Shower Head
    Delta 6 Inch Shower Arm and Flange Speakman Hotel Style Fixed Shower Head High Pressure 2.5 GPM

     

    Now that we're clear, let's install it!

     

    1. Remove the old Shower Head. You can attempt to remove it by hand, but if it's been on there for a while you might need to step it up to the Adjustable Wrench or Pliers. To protect the finish, if you're re-gifting, wrap the cloth around the fitting and grab hold with the Wrench/Pliers. Remember: Righty-Tighty, Lefty Loosy
    2. Remove old Teflon Tape and wipe away debris from Shower Arm.
    3. Wrap Teflon Tape around the Shower Arm. Starting at the bottom of the Shower Arm, apply the Teflon Tape clockwise to ensure that it doesn't unwind when you're screwing the Shower Head onto the Shower Arm.  Tightly wrap the teflon tape 3-4 times moving up to the top of the Shower Arm. Press the Teflon Tape firmly to the Shower Arm to make sure it adheres properly.
    4. Ensure Rubber Washer is seated inside the threaded area of the Shower Head.
    5. Hand tighten the Shower Head. 
    6. Use the Adjustable Wrench or Pliers for extra tightening. Some Shower Heads have plastic fittings which must be hand tightened only and others have brass fittings with little notches meant for tightening with a Wrench or Pliers. Verify which you have and install accordingly. You don't want to over do it with the plastic fittings, as they'll split and then you'll be out a new Shower Head. (At The Shower Head Store, we identify which Shower Heads have plastic versus metal fittings on our product pages.)
    7. Check for leaks. If it's leaking, repeat steps 3-6.

     

    -> Video: How To Install a Wallmount Showerhead

     

     

    How To Install a Ceiling Mount, Rain Shower Head

     

    A Ceiling Mount Rain Showerhead, is one of the most luxurious ways to shower. These Shower Heads are attached to a Shower Arm coming vertically out of the ceiling, or with very high-end shower heads they are embedded in the ceiling. If you do not already have a Shower Arm extending vertically from the ceiling we highly recommend hiring a Licensed Plumber with Insurance to install, as this is a very advance plumbing project.

    That's said, you've still got options if you want a Rainfall experience without the plumbing work of installing it in the ceiling. You'll want to get your hands on an Overhead Shower Arms.

    Here's our Overhead Shower Arm recommendation:

    16" Overhead Shower Arm 8" Rain Shower Head
    Moen 16" Overhead Shower Arm for Rain Shower Heads 8 Inch Rainfall Shower Head with Solid Metal Build and 2.5 GPM Rainshower Spray

     

    However, if you are just looking to change the Shower Head for an existing Ceiling Mount or you want to attach a Rain Shower to the type of Shower Arm we referenced above, we got you covered.  What you'll find in common with the vast majority of Shower Heads, is that they all have a 1/2 inch female IPS threads and fit perfectly with the vast majority of 1/2 inch male IPS threads.

    Here's our Ceiling Mount Shower Arm recommendation:

    12" Ceiling Mount Shower Arm 12" Rain Shower Head
    Moen Ceiling Mount Shower Arm 12 Inch Rainfall Shower Head for Ceiling Mount Showers


     

    Now that we're clear, let's install it!

    1. Remove the old Shower Head. You can attempt to remove it by hand, but if it's been on there for a while you might need to step it up to the Adjustable Wrench or Pliers. To protect the finish, if you're re-gifting, wrap the cloth around the fitting and grab hold with the Wrench/Pliers. Remember: Righty-Tighty, Lefty Loosy
    2. Remove old Teflon Tape and wipe away debris from Shower Arm.
    3. Wrap Teflon Tape around the Shower Arm. Starting at the bottom of the Shower Arm, apply the Teflon Tape clockwise to ensure that it doesn't unwind when you're screwing the Shower Head onto the Shower Arm.  Tightly wrap the teflon tape 3-4 times moving up to the top of the Shower Arm. Press the Teflon Tape firmly to the Shower Arm to make sure it adheres properly.
    4. Ensure Rubber Washer is seated inside the threaded area of the Rain Shower Head.
    5. Hand tighten the Rain Shower Head. 
    6. Use the Adjustable Wrench or Pliers for extra tightening. Some Rain Shower Heads have plastic fittings which must be hand tightened only and others have brass fittings with little notches meant for tightening with a Wrench or Pliers. Verify which you have and install accordingly. You don't want to over do it with the plastic fittings, as they'll split and then you'll be out a new Rain Showerhead. (At The Shower Head Store, we identify which Shower Heads have plastic versus metal fittings on our product pages.)
    7. Check for leaks. If it's leaking, repeat steps 3-6.

     

     

     

    How To Install a Handheld Shower Head

     

    A Hand Held Shower Head gives you the flexibility to rinse your hair, shave your legs or clean down the shower. These shower heads come with three components: the Hand Held Shower Head, the Hose and the Shower Holder Bracket.

    Here's our Hand Held Shower Head recommendations:

    6" Shower Arm 100% Metal Hand Held Shower Head Set
    Delta 6 Inch Shower Arm and Flange 100% Metal Hand Held Shower Head Set

     

      1. Remove the old Shower Head. You can attempt to remove it by hand, but if it's been on there for a while you might need to step it up to the Adjustable Wrench or Pliers. To protect the finish, if you're re-gifting, wrap the cloth around the fitting and grab hold with the Wrench/Pliers. Remember: Righty-Tighty, Lefty Loosy
      2. Remove old Teflon Tape and wipe away debris from Shower Arm.
      3. Wrap Teflon Tape around the Shower Arm. Starting at the bottom of the Shower Arm, apply the Teflon Tape clockwise to ensure that it doesn't unwind when you're screwing the Shower Head onto the Shower Arm.  Tightly wrap the teflon tape 3-4 times moving up to the top of the Shower Arm. Press the Teflon Tape firmly to the Shower Arm to make sure it adheres properly.
      4. Ensure Rubber Washer is seated inside the threaded area of the Shower Holder Bracket.
      5. Hand tighten the Shower Holder Bracket.
      6. Use the Adjustable Wrench or Pliers for extra tightening. Some Shower Holder Brackets have plastic fittings which must be hand tightened only and others have brass fittings with little notches meant for tightening with a Wrench or Pliers. Verify which you have and install accordingly. You don't want to over do it with the plastic fittings, as they'll split and then you'll be out a new Hand Held Showerhead. (At The Shower Head Store, we identify which Handheld Shower Heads have plastic versus metal fittings on our product pages.)
      7. Ensure the Rubber Washers are seated inside the threaded area on both sides of the Hose. Most Shower Hoses include the Rubber Washers and if they don't you can use Teflon Tape instead to seal the threads.
      8. Hand tighten one end of the Hose to the Handshower and the other to the bottom of the Shower Holder. 
      9. Dock the Hand Held Showerhead into the Holder Bracket.
      10. Check for leaks. If it's leaking, repeat steps 3-8.

       

       

      -> Video: How To Install a Hand Held Shower Head

       

       

      How To Install a Hand Held Shower Head Combo

       

      A Hand Held Shower Head Combo gives you all the flexibility of a Handheld with the extra feature of a Fixed or Rain Showerhead. These Showerheads come with a Shower Holder/Diverter so you can switch between each Shower Head or run both at the same time.

      They typically come with 4 main components: the Hand Held Shower Head, the Fixed or Rain Shower Head, the Hose and the Shower Holder/Diverter.

      Here are of our Dual Shower Head Combo recommendations: 

       

      6" Shower Arm Moen Magnetix Combo Moen Impulse Combo
      Delta 6" Shower Arm and Flange Moen Magnetix Dual Hand Held Shower Head Combo Moen Impulse Dual Hand Held Shower Head Combo 

             
        1. Remove the old Shower Head. You can attempt to remove it by hand, but if it's been on there for a while you might need to step it up to the Adjustable Wrench or Pliers. To protect the finish, if you're re-gifting, wrap the cloth around the fitting and grab hold with the Wrench/Pliers. Remember: Righty-Tighty, Lefty Loosy
        2. Remove old Teflon Tape and wipe away debris from Shower Arm.
        3. Wrap Teflon Tape around the Shower Arm. Starting at the bottom of the Shower Arm, apply the Teflon Tape clockwise to ensure that it doesn't unwind when you're screwing the Shower Head onto the Shower Arm.  Tightly wrap the teflon tape 3-4 times moving up to the top of the Shower Arm. Press the Teflon Tape firmly to the Shower Arm to make sure it adheres properly.
        4. Ensure Rubber Washer is seated inside the threaded area of the Shower Holder Diverter.
        5. Hand tighten the Shower Holder Diverter.
        6. Use the Adjustable Wrench or Pliers for extra tightening. Some Shower Holder Diverters have plastic fittings which must be hand tightened only and others have brass fittings with little notches meant for tightening with a Wrench or Pliers. Verify which you have and install accordingly. You don't want to over do it with the plastic fittings, as they'll split and then you'll be out a new Hand Held Showerhead. (At The Shower Head Store, we identify which Handheld Shower Head Combos have plastic versus metal fittings on our product pages.)
        7. Ensure Rubber Washer is seated inside the threaded area of the Fixed or Rain Shower Head.
        8. Hand tighten the Fixed or Rain Shower Head to the front of the Shower Holder Diverter.
        9. Use the Adjustable Wrench or Pliers for extra tightening. Repeat instructions from Step 6.
        10. Ensure the Rubber Washers are seated inside the threaded area on both sides of the Handshower Hose. Most Shower Hoses include the Rubber Washers and if they don't you can use Teflon Tape instead to seal the threads.
        11. Hand tighten one end of the Hose to the Handshower and the other to the bottom of the Shower Holder. 
        12. Dock the Hand Held Showerhead into the Holder Bracket.
        13. Check for leaks. If it's leaking, repeat steps  3-11.

       

       

      -> Video: How To Install a Dual Hand Held Shower Head Combo

       

      Justin Ball
      Justin Ball

      Hey there! I'm Justin Ball, founder of The Shower Head Store and HammerHead Showers®, the leader in All Metal Shower Heads and Accessories.

      Before starting our own business, I worked for Moen Inc, so I know a thing or two about plumbing fixtures. When I'm not developing our products, I'm writing articles and filming videos so you have the best product experience, no matter which brand you buy. Thanks for your support!

      Cheers! Justin Ball



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