Shower Head connection

My mom moved into town, and her rental has a shower with seat in the back bedroom area. I purchased a handheld shower attachment for her. I noticed the old one appears to have plumbers tape on it. Will I need to use that to get a secure connection? These are not new units, so I do not know how old that shower head is! Thank you!

  6 answers
  • Joanne Waylett Joanne Waylett on Oct 26, 2017
    Yes. It prevents leaks.

  • Cathy Cathy on Oct 26, 2017
    It's REALLY REALLY EASY to use!!! And not very expensive if I'm not mistaken, just a couple dollars - try your local dollar store first!!! And GOOD LUCK!!!!!

  • Karen Jurasinski Karen Jurasinski on Oct 26, 2017
    It's also called Teflon tape. It's very cheap to buy and it's best to put it on to prevent leaks. Make sure you put it on in the same direction that you screw on the new showerhead.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Oct 26, 2017
    I have done this before and Karen gave you good advise on applying the tape. Yes you need to use the tape or you may end up with a dripping connection and end up taking the shower head off so you can apply it. Best to do it now to prevent problems later. I bought a shower head years ago that even came with the tape!

  • Sharon Sharon on Oct 26, 2017
    Yes I would use the plumber's teflon tape to prevent dripping/leaking. I do this all the time for clients, its not hard, just need a pair of channel lock pliers, use a damp washcloth and the channel lock pliers to loosen the old shower head, wind the tape around a few turns, cut, then screw on the new hose attachment (don't over tighten it). Test.

  • 9530106 9530106 on Oct 26, 2017
    Thank you ladies (giggle). I think my brother has some I can steal!