Installing your shower head is rather easy, all you need are adjustable pliers, teflon tape, and some elbow grease to get the job done. First, you are going to need to make sure the immediate shower area, tile around the shower head arm and shower floor, is protected from any parts or tools that may slip and fall. Next, have everything you need within your work area so they are available to you as you go through the installation process.
Replace a Shower Head
If your replacing an existing shower head, make sure your shower valve is turned to the off position, ensuring water from the supply line is not traveling to the shower head. You will need to first use the adjustable pliers to remove the shower arm, to protect the exterior finish, you can wrap it with tape or use a dry rag. As soon as the shower arm has been removed, continue to clean any residual material that is left on the supply line pipe.
Install a Shower Head
If you are installing a shower head for the first time, and your shower valve does not contain the manufacturer provided cartridge, you either have artificial or manufactured water stops engaged on your shower valve, which stop water at the supply line entry points, or you may have a modified pipe screwed in at the shower arm exit to stop water from exiting. To be safe, you can shut off the water supply to the bathroom or home during the course of the installation. If your cartridge was installed into the shower valve, you will need to make sure it is in the off position.
Prepare Shower Arm
Your now ready to prepare the shower arm for installation into the shower head water supply pipe. Make sure the thread on the shower arm is clear of any debris, next apply the Teflon tape around the thread in the direction that it will be tightened. The Teflon will help in creating a proper seal and avoid and water leakage from the shower arm and water supply pipe connection.
Prepare Shower Head
You are now ready to install your shower head onto the shower arm that has been installed into the water supply pipe. You will need to clean the thread of the shower arm and apply the Teflon tape around it. The next step is to apply the shower head into the thread and tighten firmly until it is secure.