Replacing the shower head and hose that you currently have is a good idea after a few years. The parts in the shower head and hose will wear over time and this will compromise the efficiency. There are a number of steps that you need to take to replace the shower head with hose with the first being to replace the hose and the install the shower head.
Replacing The Hose
Many people do not realize that it is relatively simple to replace the shower hose. To disconnect the old hose, you will simply need to unscrew the connection with the wall or tap. This is something that you should be able to do by hand, but you may need pliers or a piece of cloth for better grip.
Once the hose has been unscrewed, you will need to remove the washer from the end of the hose. When you remove the washer, you should inspect it to see if there is any damage. If the washer has been damaged, you will need to replace it. You can then discard the old hose and shower head.
After discarding the old hose, you will need to install the new hose. You should place a new washer on the end of your hose. If you have kept your old washer, you can use it at this time. You will then need to screw the hose into the connection by hand. It is important that you not screw the hose in too tight because this could cause damage to the washer and leaks when the water is turned on.
Replacing The Shower Head
Once you have installed the hose, you can now attach the new shower head. Before you install the shower head, you will need to prepare it with Teflon tape. You should apply the tape to the base of the shower head and this should be done in a clockwise direction. This will ensure that the sealing of the tape does not come apart when you screw the shower head into the hose. It is important that the tape is pressed into the grooves at the base of the head.
After applying the tape, you will need to install the new shower head. This will simply involve screwing the shower head into the hose. A cloth and pliers may be used to ensure that the shower head is tightly screwed into the hose. To do this you will need to use pliers wrapped in cloth to hold the shower arm in place. You will then need to use an adjustable wrench wrapped in cloth to turn the shower head as much as it will go.
Testing The Installation
It is important that you test your installation before packing up. All you need to do is turn the water supply on and check for any leaks in the system. If there are any leaks, you need to identify where they come from and apply Teflon tape to seal the area.