There are some things in my home that I want to replace.
Shower heads and sink faucets are some of those things.
But I do have priorities. And spending a few hundred bucks on these things are somewhat low on that list.
Eventually I’ll get new ones, but I may not get around to it for oh, a year. Or two. Or maybe even three.
However, I do have a threshold for annoying crap, and these two things have about pushed me over the edge.
What I don’t have is a few hundred bucks. But what I do have is about seven bucks.
For starters, I got this handy dandy little nozzle for my kitchen sink for only $1.85.
It will stream or spray the water and as an added bonus it has a swivel head.
I still can’t get a big pot under the faucet, but at least I can spray and swivel now!
Okay, so the low-down on changing out your kitchen sink faucet nozzle with one of these handy dandy ones…
Every (well, most every) faucet has a piece at the end of it that can unscrew. Did you know that? Most people don’t know that.
Just get some pliers or something and loosen the tip of the faucet up, and then unscrew the piece right off.
Fo’ shizzle! Pretty cool, eh?
All those little rocks are deposits from the water line. Side note: if your faucet starts running really slow or acting clogged, you may need to clean this out!
Now take your bubble spray nozzle thing-a-ma-jiggy and wrap Thread Seal Tape around the threading.
Just screw it in.
Piece o’ cake.
Now in addition to my boring basic water stream:
I can also get a SPRAY!
And then I had this totally crap-tastic shower head in my shower.
This thing sprayed at such a huge width that only about 10% of the water would actually hit you. The rest would bounce off every single wall.
And if I opened the door with the water on, it would flood the bathroom.
So, I took it off the same way I took the kitchen one off.
And this piece came out, so I saved it for the new head I bought at our local hardware store for a grand total of $4.85.
So I took the new shower head and I put that little piece inside it just like it was in the crappy one.
Sorry for lack of pictures on this tutorial. I was actually about to get into the shower when I impromptu decided to change this head out. AKA I was neked. And guess what? All my pictures I took had a reflection of my neked body in them. Yikes! Note to self: If something acts like a mirror, don’t take pictures while naked.
Oh, and don’t bother trying to look. That’s my HAND reflection, mmm-kay?
Also, I wrapped the Thread Seal Tape around the threads on the pipe sticking out from the wall as well. If you are working with water/plumbing, you need to wrap the threads so they don’t leak!
Then, just screw the new head back on and tighten it with some pliers or whatever you can find that you think might work.
Ah, a shower head that actually streams towards my head, not towards each wall on either side of me.
It’s the simple things in life really.
Maybe one day I’ll get real fancy with this shower, but for now I can take a quick shower without cursing profanities at the shower head.
So, my point in all this?
1) Changing fixtures and shower heads is way easier than you think. You can do it!
2) These are not what I want long-term, but I’m still not going to spend the next 4 years suffering with something totally crappy when I can have something that’s only kinda crappy.
If you can’t afford that super expensive nice one you want, just spend a teensy tiny bit of money for a small upgrade to last you until you can afford the one you really want. It will make life so much more pleasant.
Oh, and in case you are wondering, I tackled each project in about 5 minutes. And that included time to stop at each step and take pictures. So really, it’s like a 3 minute deal.