How to Add a Handheld Shower Head to a Bathtub

How to Add a Handheld Shower Head to a Bathtub

Are you looking for a possible way to enrich your bathing experience? If so, you need to change the setup of your bathroom. Nowadays, handheld shower heads are widely used because of its benefits. Let’s have a look to how you will connect a handheld shower head to a bathtub.

How to Install a Handheld Shower Head?

A good quality handheld shower head could make your shower more pleasant and versatile. It could transform the shower into spa. People with achy joint and mobility issues prefer the handheld shower more because it could lessen their problem during shower. You would get the water directly over any parts of your body easily.

Moreover, a handheld shower head attached to your bathtub could make your bath comfortable. it is not only attractive but also very useful for you. A handheld shower heads are movable and it would help keeping the shower cleaner and also reduce the buildup of soap scum and mildew.

It is flexible and you could use it to wash your kids and pet animals. Because it is easy to move the shower head anywhere inside the bathtub.

Because of its many benefits, it becomes a necessity to add a handheld shower head to your bathtub. Before that you need to know how to add it to your bathtub. This task would complete in two steps- remove the old shower head and then install your new handheld shower head. Today we are going to show you the easiest way of installing the handheld shower head like a professional.

Materials and Tools:

  1. Adjustable wrench
  2. Dry cloth
  3. Hex key
  4. Shower diverter
  5. Teflon tape
  6. Installation kit
  7. Bristle brush

Remove the Existing Shower Head:

Before removing the existing shower head, you have to wrap the shower arm and connection nut through a dry cloth. This would prevent scratches on the surface of your shower arm. Put an adjustable wrench and rotate it anticlockwise using the wrench and remove your shower head.

If you face any difficulties doing this, you have to understand that there could be limescale and rust on the cord. Apply silicon spray or rust remover there to get rid of this problem. Let it soak for several minutes because the product might take some time to work.

Clean The Shower Arm:

Remove the shower head and clean the shower arm thread. Apply some rust remover on the thread and wait for a few minutes. Scrub it using a hard brush and remove the dirt through a dry cloth. Take the Teflon tape and wrap your shower arm with it anticlockwise. It would help you to screw the shower head and the tape wouldn’t come off.

Connect The Shower Head and The Hose:

A handheld shower head comes with a hosepipe that could be made of plastic or metal. At first, joint one rear of the hosepipe on the shower arm by screwing it. after that, wrap the nuts using a dry fabric and put extra pressure on it through the adjustable wrench.

Wrap the other side of the hosepipe with thread clockwise using Teflon tape. Screw your shower head to the hosepipe and don’t apply much pressure doing this.

To make sure that everything is fixed in their places, you have to check if there is any leakage of water or not. After installing, turn on the water connection and check. If you notice any leakage, unscrew the hose or the head and apply Teflon tape again and fix it by pressuring the thread.

Install The Diverter Valve:

To use the fixed shower head and the handheld shower head at one go, you have to install a cross T diverter apt. This device diverts the flow of the water into 2 directions- to the fixed shower head and to the handheld shower head.

To connect it, you need to screw the it on your shower arm. Wrap with a cloth and use the wrench to put extra pressure. There are two output gears where you have to apply that tape clockwise. Connect the hosepipe on one point of the thread and the fixed head on the other thread. If necessary, apply more pressure using a wrench to connect it properly. By using this diverter valve, you could use the two shower heads at the same time.

Tips for Installation:

  1. Before starting the task, ensure that you have all necessary tools and materials for better result.
  2. Cut the supply of the water off because it might cause flood in the bathroom.
  3. Read the manual instruction of your handheld shower heads because different heads have different rules to install it.
  4. If you find rust in the shower arm, use rust remover materials to remove it easily. Because putting much pressure could break the arm.
  5. Check everything properly after finishing the installation process.


You don’t need to be worry about the installation of the handheld shower head to your bathtub. The process doesn’t require much or fancy tools and you could do it yourself by following the steps carefully. It might different for some models but most of the models have same rules to install.

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My childhood memories are surrounded by dynamic, loving parents from whom I got my nurturing being and love of children. My passion and affection for taking care of babies began at a young age, and I fulfilled my dream of becoming a pediatric nurse. Over my career, I have assisted hundreds of families and babies, and with that inspiration, I started writing to share my experiences and baby care tips. From my own life experience, I have a deep understanding and a profound empathy and compassion for parents. I emphasize on newborn care at my blog. I help my readers to understand how to effectively set up a routine that fits the family's lifestyle, how to respond to the baby's needs, establish healthy sleep habits, and know about the extra care that a newborn requires, like diaper rashes, umbilical cord stump care, circumcision care, reflux, colic, swaddling, and soothing techniques. I am a mother of twin girls, in their 20's, which has been an invaluable experience for my life's work with children. I live in Virginia with my husband and daughters.


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