I removed the shower head and soaked it in white vinegar for about 2 hours to loosen up the calcium build up. Scrubbed the calcium off using an old toothbrush and cleaned the holes using a paperclip. Then rinsed thoroughly. I then applied silicone grease (available at your hardware store in the plumbing section) on the metal ball surface that the head swivels on where ever I could reach with my finger and started swiveling the head. As the head swiveled more, I applied more silicone grease and eventually the head swiveled in every direction as if it was new.
My current shower has a rain shower head in it and it higher than the usual 6' 8". I want to move the shower head to the normal height. I'm planning on ripping out the plastic surround case/unit and having it tiled (by a professional). They said I would need a plumber to move the shower head, as they don't do it. Their recommended plumber wanted to charge $450...so I thought I would see if I could give it a try.
Thanks! I just fixed a shower head in one of our bathrooms that was hard to adjust, meaning moving the shower head upward and downward to direct the flow of water.
A shower head is a perforated nozzle that distributes water over a large solid angle into a tub or shower. Over time, your shower head may acquire a buildup of rust or minerals, which can cause the shower head to become stuck. Removing a shower head with rust or mineral build-up is often challenging. Try to loosen the shower head with a variety of tools, such as wrenches, pliers, mallets, and center punches. Apply heat to the stuck shower head to break the caked on rust and mineral build-up. Treat the stuck shower head with rust, calcium and lime remover, followed by two coats of a penetrating liquid, in an effort to loosen the connector or nut.