Detailed Installation Instructions for a Wall Shower Arm

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Wall Shower Arm

Before installing a new shower head, you must first perform the essential preparation steps. Make a detailed schedule of your upcoming activities. A new shower head must be installed using slip-joint pliers, adjustable wrenches, and thread seal tape (such as a high-efficiency, WaterSense-labeled one).

Before removing the old shower head parts, use a cushion or layer of towels on the floor to avoid harm to your tile or tub from falling equipment.

Cover the drain with a cloth or other covering to prevent bolts and other parts from going down. As a precaution, turn off the water supply to your shower so that nothing is damaged or lost accidentally. If you want to replace your old shower head, make sure you have everything you need and plan ahead of time.

Remove the old shower head.

If you’re replacing an existing shower head, the first step you should do is to remove the shower head by hand. If twisting the shower head counter-clockwise does not free it from the wall shower arm, go for your pliers and an adjustable wrench.

Using pliers and a towel or tape wrapped around the pliers, secure the shower arm in place. The tape or cloth must be used to protect your arms finish! Using your adjustable wrench, unscrew the shower head firmly in the opposite direction of how you tried to remove it manually.

Water-seal PTFE tape

When the old shower head is removed, secure the shower arm threads with PTFE tape and push firmly. If you notice a leak using your new shower head and arm, replace the tape immediately to ensure a watertight seal.

Fixed-mount shower head installation

It’s great that you’ve switched to a fixed-mount shower head! To install your shower head, reverse Step 1 and install it backwards. To guarantee a tight seal, use an adjustable wrench to screw the new shower head onto the shower arm.

Reconnect the water supply to the shower and do tests for leaks around the seal. Place more PTFE tape over any leaks to patch them right away.

 Install a Handheld Shower Head

Handheld shower heads need a few more steps, but they are still straightforward to install, and you should be able to do it yourself.

Set up is as simple as affixing a fixed head to your shower arm and then attaching the head mount to the arm. Tighten the mount by hand to get the best possible seal. You can use both the provided shower hose and handheld shower head on the same amount. Now that the water supply has been turned on, you may check for leaks in the new shower head. If you discover any little leaks in the shower arm’s threads, use more PTFE tape.

Combination Shower Head Installation

Fixed-mount shower heads with a separate handheld shower head are much easier to install than you think. You’ll be able to switch between a fixed-mount and a handheld showerhead after you’ve fitted and secured the diverter unit to your shower arm. A hand-tightening with an adjustable wrench is required to secure the shower head on the diverter.

Follow the manufacturer’s directions when installing a handheld shower head. To utilize the handheld shower head, follow these instructions. Additional PTFE tape may be applied to the combination shower head to ensure a watertight seal.

All right, let’s wrap this up! Even a novice DIY plumber may improve their plumbing system’s efficiency and reduce their household’s water use by installing a WaterSense shower head.

Also Read: Forget Everything You’ve Ever Known About Shower Head Rail.

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