How to replace a shower head

When you buy a new home, or rent out an apartment – you’re typically burdened with whatever generic bathroom fixtures the place came stocked with. Your shower head probably has one spray outlet that’s broken and spitting at you. If you dare to look under the spout on your faucet, you may find a small cave with some species that has yet to be identified by the science community.

But no worries. Because you don’t need to be shackled by your bathroom fixtures. Never be intimidated by renovation. Replacing a shower head is a super-simple, incredibly fast process. Just follow these simple steps below:

1. What you’ll need

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2. Twist existing shower head off

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3. Clean any lingering residue off shower arm

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4. Twist new shower head on

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Note: Speakman Shower Heads are designed to be installed easily within minutes. Be sure to apply the included plumber’s tape before installing. You can browse our shower heads here.

5. Tighten with adjustable wrench

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6. Turn water on to check for leaks

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How to clean a shower head in 3 easy steps

Is your shower head beginning to look like a contraption found in most medieval dungeons? If so, that’s okay. It’s perfectly normal for shower heads to show signs of aging. But that doesn’t mean that a little tender love and care won’t get that baby sparkling again.

Check out these simple steps below on how to properly clean and care for your shower head.

1. Periodic Cleaning

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Using a mild soap and some warm water will help keep your shower head’s appearance looking like its original condition.

2. Restore

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Occasionally apply a non-abrasive wax to your shower head’s body to restore its natural finish.

3. Vinegar Treatment

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On chrome plated shower heads, create a mixture of 2 parts white vinegar and 1 part water to soak your shower head for a ½ hour. This will help break down mineral deposits.

(Note: do not use on special finishes)

For more bathroom tips, make sure to read “How to install a shower head in 5 easy steps.

How to install a shower head in 5 easy steps

Anytime you mention anything about plumbing – people freak. They believe that installing a shower head will result in that old movie-type cliche where a pipe bursts and water sprays all over the place.

But it just isn’t true. Installing a shower head is a simple, painless process that can be achieved within minutes of removing the fixture from its box. Check out these simple steps below to achieve handiwork glory.

1. What you’ll need

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2. Apply plumber’s tape to the shower arm

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3. Twist shower head clockwise onto shower arm

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4. Tighten with adjustable wrench

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Note: use a hand towel over the shower head to avoid getting scratches on finish

5. Turn water on to check for leaks

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Today, We Mourn The Loss Of A Speakman Icon

It is with deep sadness to announce that Tom Stoddard, former Vice President of Speakman Company, has passed away on April 8th, 2014 at the age of 102.

TommybyLoriTom began his career with Speakman in 1928 at the age of 16 to help his family survive the Great Depression. During his tenure, he made his way through the ranks from errand boy, to assistant works manager, to Vice President of the company. Today, his now legendary 80-year career is forever embedded in the pages of the Guinness Book of World Records for having “worked longer with the same company than anyone else ever anywhere.”

TommyFINALBut to everyone at Speakman, Tom was more than just a name in a record book… he was a family member.

“Tommy was an inspiration in the way he lived his life,” says Robert Cook, President/CEO of Speakman. “He was one of the most positive people we have ever known. God bless you Tommy.”

For more information on Tom Stoddard and his amazing life, please visit here.

2014 Speakman Bathroom Design Awards

Lights. Camera. Action. On Sunday night, the stars were out in full force for Hollywood’s biggest night. “12 Years A Slave” took home the award for Best Picture. Matthew Mcconaughey won Best Actor for his breathtaking performance in “Dallas Buyers Club.” And for the second year in a row, Jennifer Lawrence fell on live television.

As the award season comes to an end, we’d like to cap off these ceremonies with our own personal winners with the 2014 Speakman Bathroom Design Awards. Here, you won’t feel painfully awkward every time the orchestra cuts off an acceptance speech. No one will trip up the steps when running to receive their award. And we are 100% positive there will be zero wardrobe malfunctions.

These awards simply acknowledge excellence in bathroom design. And hopefully, these creative bathrooms will help inspire your own decision making when planning your upcoming bathroom renovation.

Best Animated/Children’s Bathroom of 2014

The winner is: Arkin Tilt Architects

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Children’s bathrooms should be inviting and functional. This beautifully colorful bathroom would entice kids of all ages. And a low wall bathtub is easily accessible without risk of a slip.

Best Romantic Bathroom of 2014

The winner is: Gregory’s Interiors

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Run the tub, light some candles, grab the wine and lose yourself with the one you love in this perfectly elegant bathroom by Gregory’s Interiors.

Best Dramatic Bathroom of 2014

The winner is: David Wilkes Builders

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You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll completely fall in love with the performance put on by this luxurious dramatic bathroom.

Best Feminine Bathroom of 2014

The winner is: Pinto Design & Associates

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This brilliantly clean, traditionally styled bathroom is ideal for any modern women. It gets our vote.

Best Masculine Bathroom of 2014

The winner is: Lisa Wolfe Design, Ltd

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The new “man cave.” Incredible design. Bravo!

Best Bathroom of 2014

The winner is: Malcolm Davis Architecture

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This for us is a no contest. Simple, elegant, and completely extravagant. OBSESSED!

To grab some luxury fixtures to help get you started on your bathroom makeover, make sure you visit Speakman Company here.

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4 Easy Ways To De-Stress Your Bathroom

With all the daily activities occurring in your bathroom on a regular basis, this seemingly innocent location can instantly transform into a medieval dungeon overnight. Clogs in the drain. Hair ties somehow finding their way onto every surface imaginable. Globs of toothpaste cementing on your bathroom sink.

Before your bathroom turns into a destination you dread, check out these 4 easy steps you can take to keep your bathroom beautiful and stress-free below.

1. Keep Go-To Products On Hand

If you’re anything like the majority of mankind, you wait until your bathroom is completely out-of-control before you even consider cleaning it. And when that time does come, you suit up as if you’re gearing for war, with rubber gloves as your armor, and a bottle of Clorox as your weapon. But if you kept some necessary cleaning utensils under your bathroom sink, common problems would be painlessly solved within minutes.

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2. Save Your Fancy Towels For Guests

If a towel is there, no matter how fancy it is, you’re going to use it. But before you know it, that decorative hand towel you spent way too much money on will begin to feel like a cat’s tongue from all the products caked into its fibers.

Try keeping your old towels out on your bathroom towel ring for your daily usage and put the fancy ones on display when guests come over. If you’re the only one who sees it, then who cares… right?

SA-1104_Ring3. Trash Old Products

Have you ever been guilty of neglecting your shaving due to an old razor feeling as smooth as a rusty hatchet? Do you play this game of chicken with your body because buying new razors is a costly hassle? Chances are you’ve done this before. But did you know that most of the products in your bathroom have expiration dates? From toothbrushes to rubbing alcohol, trash your products that no longer belong in this world. And consider checking out companies like Dollar Shave Club, who ship amazing razors straight to your door for only a few bucks a month. Learn more here.

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Dollar Shave Club

4. Organize Your Reading Materials

Whether it’s a book, magazine, iPad or Kindle, you’ve read in the bathroom at some point or another. But if you don’t have proper organization for your reading material, your bathroom will become an eyesore. Not to mention, if you have indeed made the transition into the digital age, you’re subjecting your electronics to potential damage by leaving them out.

A simple magazine rack or some creative bathroom storage lifehacks will instantly solve your organizational dilemma.

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