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Update your Shower Hardware


shower upgrade resized 600If you are looking to update the appearance of your shower, you might try something as easy as changing the finish or style of the hardware. This is easy to do as long as you stay with the same brand that you currently have.

Many showers that have gold in them have become outdated. There are many finishes to replace it, but realize that this type of project tends to get larger. For example, if you change the hardware from gold to brushed nickel, you might find that the frame of the shower door and the sink faucets need to be changed too. It is very common.

For the shower, if you have Moen, buy Moen replacement handles. The same goes for Delta and Price Pfister. The decorative kit will come with a new escutcheon, but the shower arm and head are totally your choice. Brands don’t matter with shower arms and shower heads.

Replacing the shower head and arm are a matter of unscrewing them, taping the threads with Teflon tape, and reinstalling them.

For the handle, you will need to find the screw that holds the handle on to the stem. It might be hidden under the handle’s cap, or it might be a set screw that is recessed along the handle somewhere. Loosen the screw and remove the handle. Remove the screws that hold the old escutcheon plate to the wall and clean off the old caulking. Secure the new escutcheon plate to the wall with the screws and caulk around it. Finally, secure the new handle.


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