How to Change a Shower Head in 5 Easy Steps

Final Thoughts

The process of how to change a shower head depends on the type of shower head you choose. While replacing one with the same type may be very simple for even beginning DIYers, installing one that will be placed in a different location or offers technology features can require some plumbing and electrical work and may require the help of a professional.

To ensure that your new hardware works properly and water flows freely in the long run, clean your shower head at the first sign of clogging or lower water pressure in order to keep scaly buildup at bay. You can either use a cleaner or unscrew the head and put it in the dishwasher. Whatever maintenance approach you choose, just make sure to regularly clean it so you’ll have a refreshing shower for years to come.

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Step 5: Connect With Wire Nuts

To avoid straining the connections, temporarily hang the new fixture from the box with the bent coat hanger. Beginning with the uninsulated or green insulated copper grounds, hold the stripped ends side by side and twist on a wire nut, turning it clockwise. Connect the white wire to the white wire and the black to the black.

Don’t forget the cord

Buy new or reuse the garbage disposal cord

Buy new or reuse the garbage disposal cord

Surprise! Most new disposals don’t come with a cord and plug. If your old unit has a cord and plug, you can remove the whole assembly and reinstall it on the new unit. (Instructions are included with the new disposal.) Or you can simply buy a new cord and plug when you buy the disposal. They’re usually located together in the store.

If you’re not comfortable making electrical connections for your garbage disposal installation, you can buy a disposal that already has a cord attached. Ask at your home center or appliance store, or search online for ‘garbage disposal with cord attached.

Don’t struggle with the snap ring

A trick to remove it

A trick to remove it

The snap ring fits into a groove on the lower end of the sink flange. When you’re working under the sink, it prevents the upper mounting bracket from falling off. Removing an old snap ring can be frustrating-unless you know this trick: Starting at the break in the ring, insert a thin-blade screwdriver between the ring and the flange. Pull down on the ring with the screwdriver’s blade and walk the blade around the ring. The ring will pop right off.

Kitchen Ideas: The proper care and feeding of your garbage disposer

Before You Begin

Before you can begin replacement, you’ll need to identify the brand, type, and size breaker you’ll be replacing. Circuit breakers are proprietary to the manufacturer of the particular circuit breaker panel you have. Square D QO and Homeline, for example, are two of the major types of breaker panels, and each accepts only breakers designed for its panels. GE makes a thin-line breaker which too is only compatible with certain GE panels. Even though several breaker types will fit into other manufacturers’ panels, unless they have been tested and approved for use, do not mix and match.

Breakers come in many different shapes and sizes. You should never replace a breaker with one from a different breaker manufacturer. Even if they look identical, there are differences in tension, the way they connect in the holder, and how deeply they mount to the bus bars. Look carefully at the front of the circuit breaker. A small label near the reset lever contains the identification numbers you need. Note these specifications, and buy a replacement that matches. 

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The Task: How To Install a Car Battery Step by Step

Once the battery is out and the terminals are cleaned up, it’s time to install the fresh battery.

  1. Take your new matching battery and reinstall it in its home. Be sure to pay attention to what terminals go where and make sure the battery is securely in position. 
  2. If so equipped, reinstall the battery’s securing posts. 
  3. Reconnect and tighten the cable to the positive terminal first, then the negative terminal. The cables should be snug on the terminals, unable to move.
  4. Once it’s buttoned up, make sure everything is working by starting the vehicle. If all’s good, it should fire right up.
  5. Close the hood, make sure all of your tools are out of the engine bay, and you’re done!

Step 2: Detach The Wires

Use a bent piece of coat hanger to hang the fixture from the box in order to support it. Unscrew the wire nuts and detach the wire connections.

The Tools Parts You Need

Generally speaking, car batteries aren’t super complicated to remove and install. A few manufacturers might put them in odd inaccessible places that require extra tools, but that’s unlikely. Here’s what you should need:

A socket set and/or wrench set. Commonly, the bolts that hold the terminals to the battery in most cars will be held on with 10-mm nuts or bolts. If you’re not sure of the size, an adjustable crescent wrench may work, but be careful not to round out those nuts.

How to safely replace a bad light switch

There are many different types of light switches, but the most common are single-pole. Unlike a three-way switch or four-way switch, you control only one fixture from a single switch. A single-pole can also be used as a dimmer switch, to control the intensity of the lighting.

Once you’ve troubleshooted the problem and turned off the main power, follow these steps for how to replace a light switch:

1. Remove the cover plate

Use a standard screwdriver to loosen the screws that hold the plate to the wall. Keep these materials nearby, as you’ll need to reattach them after installing the new switch.

2. Remove the switch

After testing once more that the wire is not live, unscrew the screws holding the switch in place and pull it away from the wall. The wires will still be attached to the switch, so ensure you remember their placement for reassembly. Taking a picture can be helpful!

3. Disconnect the wires

Loosen the terminal screw that connects the wires and the switch should be free to remove entirely. Keep wires separate by bending them in opposite directions.

1. Connect the switch

This is the most important part of the process. According to DIY Network, you will most likely be faced with a red or black hot wire, white neutral wire and ground wire that may be bare copper or insulated in green electrical tape. Ensure the wires are not frayed or use a wire stripper to trim and refresh them to meet your needs.

Attach the new light switch in the same way you had disassembled them. Pro tip: If your wires are solid copper, create a loop in the end of the wire with needle nose pliers and guide it around the edge of the screw on the side of the switch so it’s secure.

2. Push the switch into the electrical box

Place the newly wired switch in the electrical box, where it should fit snugly, and screw it into place.

3. Replace the switch cover plate

Use a screwdriver to tighten the screws and cover plate. This could also be the opportunity to change the cover plate if you want to replace the original with a different color, finish or decorative design.

4. Turn the power back on

Switch the individual circuit or main breaker to the “on” position.

5. Test your work

Flip the standard toggle switch on, and let there be light!

If the switch still isn’t working or you run into issues that are beyond your electrical knowledge, call a professional electrician for help. Electrical and wiring repairs can be serious, don’t perform DIY work that you’re not entirely comfortable with or prepared for.

Being prepared before home repair issues arise is always a good strategy. See how plans from HomeServe can help with the costs of covered repairs.

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