I am not a very handy person. In fact, I am what you would call “all thumbs.” Even though there are entire cable channels devoted to remodeling and do-it-yourself projects, I still get nervous just looking at a box of tools.
With some friendly encouragement, I decided I was up to the task of switching out my showerhead. Sounds simple enough, and if some websites are to be believed, I should be able to do it with only one tool—an adjustable wrench. Only one? It sounded a little bit like a hoax, or at least a mean trick perpetrated by the competent fixer-uppers of the DIY world. Needless to say, I had my doubts that anything can be done with only one tool.
After a reluctant trip to the hardware store, I managed to find a new showerhead. I purchased a low-flow one so I could reduce the amount of water being used in the shower every day by my family. The good news—there are a lot of great choices out there that blend beautifully with almost any bathroom décor.
Job Well Done
So, I gathered together an adjustable wrench, the new showerhead, Teflon tape and my courage. I stepped into the shower (while it was turned off) and bravely faced my DIY fears. Following a somewhat shaky start, I was able to replace my old showerhead in just five steps. And as promised, with only one tool!
- Remove your old showerhead.
- Remove excess material like dirt, leftover rubber gaskets and old debris.
- Wrap the pipe with Teflon tape or plumber’s tape.
- Install your new showerhead.
- Check for leaks.
So throw caution to the wind, watch some how-to videos and you could become a DIY star. Or at least your family’s own handy person.