Wall-mounted shower heads really do have the ability to transform your daily shower experience and they are one of the most popular shower heads going around. When purchasing a wall-mounted shower head, there are two options when it comes to installation, you can hire a professional, or do it yourself.
Many people opt to call in a professional, but installing a wall-mounted shower head isn’t as difficult as you might think, and doing it yourself could end up saving you a little bit of money! So, without further ado, let’s explore all the steps you need to follow if you are looking at installing a wall-mounted shower head yourself:
1. Find Your Tools & Materials
First things first, there are a few tools and other materials you will need for successful installation of a wall-mounted shower head. Here are the tools you’ll need:
- Wall-mounted shower head kit
- Adjustable wrench
- Plumber's tape
- Teflon tape
- Stud finder (if you are attaching to a stud)
- Measuring tape
- Pipe cutter or hacksaw (if necessary)
- Wall anchors and screws (if you are not attaching to a stud)
2. Prepare Your Workspace
The next step is to properly prepare your workspace. This means you need to turn off the water supply, which can be done by turning off the main water valve. The next thing you’ll need to do is remove your existing shower head using an adjustable wrench which will loosen and detach from the wall.
3. Find the Perfect Location
Think about where you want your new shower head to be placed in your bathroom. Will it go in the same place as your old shower head, or a new place. It is a good idea to use a stud finder if you’re choosing a new place as wall studs allow for a secure anchor. If you’re not attaching it to a wall stud, you’ll need to use wall anchors and screws.
4. Measure & Mark
The old saying “measure twice, cut once” rings true here. It is important to properly measure where you want the shower head to sit, and mark it properly to ensure accuracy.
5. Install Your Shower Head
Now it is time to install your shower head to the wall, making sure it aligns with the marks you’ve placed. You can use a level to ensure it is horizontal, and then drill your shower head in! Most shower head kits will come with instructions and have brackets that are easy to install. You should use your wrench to tighten the bracket connections.
6. Apply Plumber's Tape
Next, you should wrap plumber’s tape around the thread of the shower head to ensure a tight seal, preventing leaks.
7. Turn Water On
Now that everything is in place, you can turn the water back on! Be sure to check for any leaks around the connection of the shower head.
8. Test Your Shower Head
Last but not least, it’s time to test your shower head! If you have the ability, be sure to adjust the angle of the water flow and then set everything up just how you like it.