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Shower Head Plugged

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You turn on your shower and nothing comes out. But, the water is flowing out of the spout below.
 
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Step 1: Unloosen the shower head..

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First you need to inpect the shower head for blockage. Use slipjoint pliers to unscrew the head from the supply tube.

Step 2: Once loosened,

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you can unscrew it the rest of the way with your fingers.

Step 3: Some small amount of water

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will come out.. don't get wet. Now, look down inside of your shower head and see if there's something in there. Usually there is only a small hole here and it plugs easily.

Step 4: Reinstall the head.

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Tighten by hand. If the tape stays on it will seal again. If not, you should add some plumbers tape or teflon paste here.

Step 5: Righty tighty lefty loosey..

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Once you tighten the shower head back onto the tube, test it. If it leaks tighten it some more. Be careful not to overtighten.

Step 6: With some luck..

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you'll be a gettin' wet. It may even plug up again.. during your shower !  If it does.. you know what to do..Woof
johnlaw452 years ago
While you have the shower head off, soak it overnight in a small bowl of vinegar to disolve the built up lime and it will run like brand new.
 If you unloosen something, that means you tighten it