An old shower fixture can leak and run up a water bill. A new shower fixture not only saves you money in the long run, but it will look nicer in your bathroom. All you have to do is learn the proper steps for replacement. This project might take a weekend to complete.

Replacing Shower Fixtures the Right Way 1

Step 1

Prepare to remove the old shower head. Wrap a protective coating of masking tape over the teeth of the pliers and wrench. The tape will protect your shower arm from getting scratched up. Do not wrap the shower arm with tape.

Step 2

Grab the shower arm with your pliers.

Step 3

Tighten your wrench around the bolt on the shower head. Begin turning the wrench counter-clockwise.

Step 4

Unscrew the shower head by hand after you have loosened it up with the wrench. If the shower head does not come off, see the Tips section.

Step 5

Wrap Teflon tape one time around the threads of the shower arm. Try not to stretch the tape.

Step 6

Place the new shower head fixture onto the shower arm and tighten it.

Replacing Shower Fixtures the Right Way 2

Step 7

Turn on the water. If you have a leak, tighten the shower head fixture with a wrench. If the leak doesn’t stop, unscrew the shower head and replace the Teflon tape with new tape. Tighten the shower head back on, and test the water again. Repeat this step until your shower works without leaks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Get the most stubborn shower fixture removed by lubricating a cloth with white vinegar. Wrap the cloth around the shower arm, and then cover it with plastic wrap. Leave the arrangement overnight. In the morning, remove the plastic, cloth and shower head fixture. Clean off all mineral deposits with a scrub brush or toothbrush before you install your new shower head fixture. If for any reason the fixture does not come off, you’ll need to unscrew the shower arm and replace the whole arm and fixture.

Things Needed

  • Pliers
  • Crescent wrench
  • Teflon tape


  • Special Thanks to Ricardo Marquez for the lovely photo!