Replacing a showerhead is not hard to do as long as you follow a few simple guidelines.

To replace a showerhead:

  1. Unscrew the old showerhead in a counterclockwise direction using pliers or a strap wrench.
  2. Clean the threads on the shower stem pipe.
  3. Wrap the threads on the pipe with Teflon plumber’s tape in a clockwise direction (two rotations or more).
  4. Screw the new showerhead on the pipe threads in a clockwise direction until hand tight.
  5. Tighten the showerhead further using a strap wrench or pliers padded with a rag or piece of flat rubber to prevent marring. Don’t damage the showerhead or pipe by over-tightening.
  6. Turn on the showerhead and check the pipe threads for leaks.

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Removing your old showerhead is as simple as unscrewing it from the pipe stem it’s mounted on. Before you install the new one, clean the threads on the stem and wrap them with Teflon tape, wrapping in a clockwise direction, so the tape stays put when you screw on the new showerhead. You’ll want the new fixture tight to avoid leaks, but you don’t want to mar it with tools, so wrap it with a rag first, to protect the finish from the jaws of your pliers.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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