The Best Thing You Can Do to Your Bathroom

All Thumbs

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.

One-Tool Wonder

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!

  1. Remove your old showerhead.
  2. Remove excess material like dirt, leftover rubber gaskets and old debris.
  3. Wrap the pipe with Teflon tape or plumber’s tape.
  4. Install your new showerhead.
  5. 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.

Showerhead Replacement Graphic

Your Best Bathroom Re-Dos

comment_2What DIY changes have you made to your bathroom? Did you do it for aesthetic reasons or to save water? Or maybe both? Tell us what modifications you’ve made to your bathroom or your house in the comments below.

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