Fix-It Friday: How To Upgrade Your Old, Blah Showerhead In 5 Easy Steps

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Is your showerhead lackluster and low pressure… pretty much an all-round blah shower experience? Well you can go from boring to BOOYAH with a few twists of a wrench… all for under $30!

I just switched out an old builder grade showerhead to a high pressure dual handheld showerhead with 5 massage patterns. Yeah, baby! I especially like that I can have plenty of pressure plus water efficiency—better for the environment and my water bill.

Simply put, there’s no faster, easier and more inexpensive way to bring luxury to your shower than by upgrading your showerhead. This is an easy DIY project that anyone can do, in just 5 steps. Here’s how…

Step 1


Holding back the shower arm with your hand (or second set of pliers if it’s really tight), use your tongue and groove pliers to unscrew the showerhead at the nut. Unscrew it counter-clockwise. Use penetrating oil if the showerhead won’t budge.

Step 2

Remove any old Teflon tape or build up that may be around the threads of the shower arm. Use a scouring pad to clean the threads.

Step 3


Wrap Teflon tape around the threads of the shower arm, clockwise, making 2 tight spins.

Step 4


By hand, screw on the new showerhead then snug it tight with the pliers. Don’t over tighten.

Step 5


Turn on the water and check for leaks. Snug it tighter it there’s a leak, but don’t “wrench” on it.  It may be necessary to hold back the shower arm to prevent it from spinning as your tighten the showerhead.




In addition to these 5 steps, know that your new showerhead will come with installation instructions, specific to that product, so there will be plenty of reference as you go through the steps. Easy breezy!

Happy shower time!

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Fix-It Friday is an exclusive Women You Should Know® editorial series authored by seasoned veteran of home improvement, Norma Vally, the former host of Discovery Home Channel’s series “Toolbelt Diva” and a show on Sirius Satellite Radio by the same name. The weekly column is designed to inspire women – weekend warriors, aspiring handywomen, and even seasoned DIYers – to take on home repairs and maintenance projects with confidence and gusto.