How to Install New Shower Knobs

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  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 10-50
What You'll Need
Philips head screwdriver
Flathead screwdriver
New shower knobs

When remodeling a bathroom, replacing the shower knobs is a must. Even if you are not remodeling your bathroom, replacing the shower knobs can breathe life into the room. The process of installing shower knobs is much simpler than you might think. Read the following guide for a description of the installation process.

Step 1 - Purchasing New Knobs

Purchasing your new shower knobs is a task that is a bit more complicated than it seems. You must be sure that your new knobs will work with your bathroom fixtures. Before you go shopping for new knobs, first determine the brand of your bathroom fixtures. If you cannot determine the brand, there are universal knobs that you can buy.

Shower knobs come in a wide variety of styles and colors, so it is also important to keep in mind the look you want to achieve in your bathroom. If you are remodeling, it may be helpful to purchase the knobs when you are purchasing other replacement fixtures, such as cabinet handles. If you are only replacing the shower knobs, you may find it helpful to bring a picture of your bathroom along with you to the home improvement store.

Step 2 - Removing the Old Knobs

Before beginning your project, turn off the water to the whole house by closing the valve at the water meter. Doing so will help you avoid any leaks. Examine your shower knobs for a small screw, usually in the center. If you can't find a screw, chances are that it is hidden by a decorative cover.

You will have to remove the cover in order to unscrew the shower knobs. You can push your flathead screwdriver under the decorative cover in order to dislodge it. Once the cover is off, remove the screw. Once you loosen and remove the screw, you can remove the knob. Remember to pull it towards yourself. Don't jerk it to the side.

Step 3 - Installing the New Knobs

Installing new knobs is easy. Simply push your new knobs onto the areas from which you pulled the old knobs. Be careful not to mix the hot and cold water; doing so could lead to a burn or chill! Almost universally, the left knob corresponds to hot water and the right knob to cold water, but a small number of homes are built contrary to the norm.

Once you push the knobs on, you can add the screws. Be sure that your new knobs are secure, but do not tighten them to such an extent that it will be very difficult to unscrew for future maintenance. When the knobs are screwed into place, you can affix any decorative covers or pieces that were included with them.

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