DIY Shower Head Repairs: 2 Oh-So-Wrongs and 1 Right

The following DIY shower head replacement is obviously more about being thrifty than anything else since the garden hose spray nozzle is brand new.

how to DIY repair a showerhead cheaply

Brand new shower head: $25 and up.
Brand new garden hose nozzle from Walmart: $5.16. No brainer.

No hot water? No problem. Light the candle and you’re good to go.

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Completely Adjustable! When the candle burns down, simply use the adjustable wire to move your candle flame to appropriate height.

How To Replace A Shower Head The “Right” Way

Replacing a shower head is usually just a matter of unscrewing the old one and screwing on a new one.

Tools and Supplies Needed:


  1. Remove the old shower head.
  2. Wrap a rag around the shower arm to protect it. You have to be careful not to crush or scratch your fixtures with the teeth of your pliers.
  3. Hold the shower arm with the pliers and use an adjustable wrench or pliers to loosen the shower head. Turn counterclockwise from the shower arm.
  4. Clean the thread to the shower arm with an old toothbrush and then wrap the pipe threads with two or three turns of pipe thread or teflon tape.
  5. Wrap the tape in a clockwise direction to keep it from unwrapping when you attach the new shower head.
  6. Screw the new shower head on by hand until its snug.
  7. Finish tightening the shower head using the adjustable wrench and pliers
  8. Done! Now that wasn’t so hard.

Would you use a garden hose nozzle if it worked just as good as a traditional shower head at a fraction of the cost? Don’t worry, I won’t tell.

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