Roto-Rooter plumbers in Fresno are knowledgeable, experienced and friendly, but you might not need to call one to assist you with the relatively simple side of plumbing. There are some things that you can probably do if you are physically able, and if you don’t mind wading through the shallow waters of uncertainty for a minute or two. One of the simple tasks that most homeowners may wish to do is to change the shower head.
Perhaps you’ve seen a commercial for a wonderful new shower head, or you might have seen an interesting fixture down at your local DIY store and wondered what it would take to install it if you bought it. We all like a nice shower and the new shower heads that are available can make that shower even more enjoyable. Happily, installing one is surprisingly easy. You don’t need a lot of tools, time, or knowledge; you just need a nod in the right direction, so here goes.
After turning off the main water valve, the first thing to do is to remove the old head. Sometimes the tube that goes from the head into the wall has a little ball valve in it, and usually it is best just to replace them both. You’ll likely want to do this anyway if the showerhead has a particular finish that you are trying to match. First, pull back the escutcheon (a disk of metal that sits up against the wall at the base of the tube to hide the hole in the wall). It should slide away without a problem. If there is a little bit of sticky stuff on the back you just need to pry a touch harder.
Once the escutcheon is away, use some channel lock pliers to loosen the pipe and unscrew it from the wall. Uninstall complete. Next, take your new pipe and wrap some Teflon tape around the threaded end a few times to ensure a good seal. Slot it back in the hole (with the new escutcheon already on the pipe) and screw it back in until it is hand-tight. Use your pliers to give it one more turn beyond hand-tight to be sure there will be no leakage in the wall. You can turn the tube at its base since any unwanted blemishes from the pliers will be hidden by the escutcheon.
The last step is to attach the shower head to the pipe that you just installed. This is done by putting some Teflon tape on the threads of the pipe before screwing on the head. Many of the heads already come with their own sealing mechanism, but it doesn’t hurt to be extra safe. Once the shower head is attached, tighten it with a crescent wrench to ensure a snug fit. And you’re done.
Even if you feel completely out of your depth with home repairs, this is something you can do. As long as you make sure the fittings are tight there is very little you can do to mess this install up. Here in Fresno, plumbers are always needed, but sometimes all you need is a few tools, a little time, and a small burst of confidence to get the job done yourself.
Remember: if you don’t have the time or are worried about making repairs or installing small items yourself, Roto-Rooter is always there to help.
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