DIY Plumbing projects can seem quite daunting at first, but they don’t have to be. Here is a frequent plumbing repair and replacement task that you can carry out yourself. No prior experience is necessary for fixing showerheads. The project listed in this article is a beginner-level project that is reasonably easy to carry out and can save you a lot of money if you tackle it yourself. The scheme laid out here is particularly simple.
However, plumbing can turn out to be tricky, so if you’re ever unsure, don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you have inquiries about the parts you need to buy for your fixtures, the people at the local hardware store will most likely have an answer for you. Come equipped with the brand and model of your fixture. Pictures would be even better. They’ll point you in the right direction. And if at any point you feel like you’re in over your head, call a plumber.
Even if you think you have the skills to do the job, there might be codes involved, and you often need a permit. If you live in Texas, a great place to purchase plumbing equipment is Steel Tubing Houston or Texas Iron and Metal. You can find more steel dealers online with a quick Google search.
Installing a New Shower Head
This is the most straightforward possible project. Installing a new shower head is requires little to absolutely n plumbing experience. All you have to do is unscrew the old shower head from the shower arm (the pipe coming out of the wall) and clean off the threads on the shower arm. Then for finishing, wrap a bit of Teflon tape around it, then screw on the new showerhead. Be sure to read the installation instructions on the shower head you buy, thoroughly. Some are designed not to require Teflon tape and can leak if you use it.
It’s possible to run into a problem where the shower arm is too short or angled too sharply for the shower head you bought. This can happen more with the wand-type shower heads when the wall gets in the way of the wand. You can solve this problem by ensuring you buy a shower head that fits or by installing an extension arm onto the main shower arm. You can find those at the same place you buy the shower heads.