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Video:Easy Leaky Shower Head Fix

with Debbie Anderson

Leaky shower heads can ruin your water pressure. Check out how to repair a leaky shower head with this video tutorial.See Transcript

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Transcript:Easy Leaky Shower Head Fix

Hi! I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com! There's nothing worse than turning on the shower in the morning only to discover that the water is spraying everywhere but out of the shower head where you want it to spray! So, today I'm going to show you how to repair a leaky shower head in just a few easy steps!

Tools Need to Repair a Leaky Shower Head

  • roll of Teflon tape
  • a clean rag
  • paint thinner
  • rubber gloves
  • pair of scissors
  • roll of electrical tape
  • pair of adjustable pliers.

Safely Remove Shower Head

First, turn the water off to the shower head that needs repaired. Next, as an added precaution, wrap the jaws of the pliers with tape to prevent the pliers from marring the chrome while working on the shower head. Then, remove the old shower head using a pair of adjustable pliers by rotating the shower head in a counter-clockwise direction with the pliers until the shower head is completely unscrewed from the shower stem.

Once the shower head is removed, use a clean rag to remove any old plumber's putty or Teflon tape left on the threads of the shower stem. If simply wiping the threads off with a clean rag doesn't do the trick, put on a pair of rubber gloves and apply a small amount of paint thinner to your rag to thoroughly wipe down the threads of the shower stem.

Apply Teflon to the Shower Stem

Once the threads are clean, apply Teflon tape to the threads of the shower stem while making sure to wrap the tape in the direction that the shower head will be tightened, which is generally a clock-wise direction. If the tape is wrapped in the opposite direction, the Teflon Tape may tear when the shower head is tightened back onto the threads, causing future leaks to occur.

Reattach the Shower Head

Next, carefully hand tighten the shower head onto the Teflon tape covered threads on the shower stem. Although you may want to use your adjustable pliers to make sure the connection is good and snug, be careful not to over-tighten the connection, or you may still wind up with a leak all over again! Finally, turn the water back on and inspect the shower head for leaks.

And there you have it! With a new seal of Teflon tape and a little extra elbow grease, your leaky shower head problem is all better!Thank you for watching! To learn more, please visit us on the web at About.com!

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