How do I replace a tub spout and shower head and how do I know which one I need?

SYNOPSIS

Choosing the right tub spout is easy. Once you know which kind you need, it’s a matter of personal taste. When it comes to showerheads, it comes down to the features you’d like. Once you’ve made up your mind, installation is simple. In this video, we walk you through different spouts and showerheads, as well as the things you need to consider when installing them.

TRANSCRIPT

To divert or not divert. That’s the question when it comes to bathtub spouts. Diverter spouts are used in tubs that also have showers, because the diversion is what creates the necessary pressure to start a shower. Non-diverter spouts don’t have that mechanism and are used in pedestal baths and other antique tubs that don’t have showers. Just choose the type and style that are right for your project. Since there are a variety of sizes, you might want to bring in your old one to make sure you get the right replacement. Installing tub spouts is pretty easy and rarely requires anything more than a wire brush and a cleaner made to handle lime deposits, Teflon tape, and a caulk gun with some silicone caulk for the actual installation.Showerheads are just as easy to install. But they do offer a few more options. Some have fixed heads that attach to the wall. Others have detachable handsets. Both types often have adjustable spray levels or water saving settings that can conserve water and money. Whatever features you decide on, check the showerhead to ensure that it’s marked “Universal Fit.” That way you know it will work with your current shower system.If you have more questions about tub spouts and showerheads, visit your local Westlake Hardware. We’re always here to help.

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  • Replacement Spout and/or Showerhead
  • Wire Brush
  • Bathroom Cleaner For Lime Deposits
  • Teflon Tape
  • Caulk Gun
  • Silicone Caulk
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