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Removing a Showerhead

Learn how to remove a showerhead in your bathroom.

Your home improvement questions, answered by professionals from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), an association of remodeling professionals committed to providing consumers with high standards of quality, honesty, integrity, and responsibility.

Question:

How can I remove an old showerhead that seems to be stuck with that whitish stuff that builds up over time? I've tried pliers but it is too hard and stuck.

Answer:

Unfortunately, stubborn pipes can be tricky. Try spraying the threads with penetrating oil such as Liquid Wrench. Let the oil soak in, then try removing the showerhead with a pipe wrench. That should do it, but if not, the last resort is to heat the pipe with a torch and try again.

Answered by: Travis Blake, Certified Remodeler, NARI

About Travis

Travis Blake is a certified remodeler with NARI who has been working in the remodeling industry for 22 years. He currently is the project manager for Maine Properties, Inc., a successful remodeling and property management company in Scarborough, Maine. Travis is a nationally certified door and window installer in addition to his considerable experience in all other aspects of remodeling.

Travis supervises extensive remodeling projects including major kitchen and bath renovations. Years of experience, a commitment to promoting the highest standards of quality, and a dedication to industry education make Travis a great resource for your remodeling questions and concerns.

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