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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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.

5 Quick Steps On How To Set Up A Romantic Bath

“No, I won’t join you in the bathtub” – said no husband ever. Let’s be honest, taking a bath with your significant other is an unbelievably romantic, intimate, and personal experience. And it should be done right.

Nothing kills the mood more than an awkward bath-time situation. A misplaced foot here, a tight squeeze there, and BAM!, moment dead. Such a romantic situation like this deserves adequate preparation.

Below, check out some super simple steps you can take to ensure that your bathtub rendezvous goes blissfully perfect.

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1. Clean Your Bathtub

Nothing says romance quite like a tub filled with grime and soap scum. Seriously, make sure your bathroom is spotless. From the tub to the walls, get-a-scrubbin’.

2. Select A Perfect Time

This isn’t college, Attempting to set up a romantic time with the risk of being caught is no longer exciting. It’s just annoying. Make sure the kids are away, the roommates are busy, and no one will barge in.

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3. Setting The Mood

Kill the lights and surround your bathroom with some beautifully lit, intensely romantic candles. Just imagine the entire room solely illuminated by the flickering of tiny, enticing flames. And while you’re at it, create a playlist consisting of both of your favorite songs, allowing the music to soundtrack your intimate night.

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wixtastic

4. Don’t Over Do It

Rose petals on top of the water are a given. You know this already. But don’t go crazy dumping product after product into the water. Too many additions will result in overly fragrant water. Let the petals do the work for you. They will naturally scent your bath water brilliantly.

5. An Extra Touch

If you really want to put a cherry on top of this perfect night, consider throwing your bathrobes or towels in the dryer before you step in. That way, you and your significant other will be warm and cozy after jumping out of the tub.

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5 Signs It’s Definitely Time To Update Your Bathroom

Sometimes, reasons to update your bathroom may seem obvious. Your toilet stops flushing, the tiles on your bathroom floor are peeling up, your drains are so clogged that you’ve seriously considered constructing an ark for the next time you shower.

But other times, your problems may seem so small, they often go unnoticed, resulting in cataclysmic events the likes of which have never been seen.

So before your bathroom suddenly implodes overnight, check out some subtle signs that may signal that your bathroom may be in need of a serious update.

1. Old Or Faulty Fixtures

Is your bathroom beginning to look like a dungeon from the Middle Ages? Is your shower head or faucet beginning to chip or rust? If you answered yes to either of these questions, it may be time for an update.

When bits of rust and metal begin infusing into your water streams, it can cause a potential health hazard. Replacing these fixtures can be simple and often require zero professional assistance. To check out some beautiful new shower heads and faucets for your bathroom, please visit here.

The Edge Shower Head

The Edge Shower Head

The Edge Single Lever Bathroom Faucet

The Edge Single Lever Bathroom Faucet

2. Leaking Water

Have you been kept awake by the incessant sound of dripping water? Each splashing drop seeming louder than the last? A virtual ticking time bomb driving you to the verge of insanity? If your sink or shower head is consistently dripping, even at a near unnoticeable rate, there’s something wrong. It’s possible that the valve which controls the on/off setting can be broken. If you find yourself inching closer and closer to a mental breakdown, you may want to consider installing a new shower valve and trim. For more, visit here.

Neo Shower Valve and Trim

Neo Shower Valve and Trim

3. You’re Stuck In The Past

While it’s true that trends from yesteryear often resurface, some things are better left in the past. If your bathroom decor resembles something out of Ron Burgundy’s apartment, with shag carpets, many leather-bound books, and the smell of rich mahogany, it may be time to update your fixtures. Check out some stylish, ultra-modern bathroom fixtures here.

Tiber Collection

Tiber Collection

4. Your Needs Shift

As life progresses, so will your needs. Perhaps there’s a baby on the way, or maybe you’re realizing you’re not as nimble as you once were, but one thing is for sure, that one person stand-up shower in your studio apartment just isn’t gonna cut it. As your needs change, your bathroom will need to change with it. Handheld shower heads provide true versatility for bathing the little ones. And ADA Grab Bar Combination Shower Systems are ideal for those seeing their mobility on the decline.

Caspian Handheld Shower Head

Caspian Handheld Shower Head

5. Your Bathroom Just Isn’t You Anymore

Maybe it’s because you stuck with the fixtures your place came with, or maybe your taste in design just isn’t the same, but for whatever reason, your bathroom just isn’t “you” anymore. Your bathroom should be a destination for inspiration. It should embody your personality and encourage your creativity. So go crazy, have fun, be spontaneous and find that perfect look that really shows off the person you’re proud to be. Tickle your fancy here.

The Edge Collection

The Edge Collection

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Speakman Company Commercial Faucets Meets Watersense Standard Low Flow Rate

February 1, 2013

New Castle, Del. — WaterSense® awareness has become a prevalent issue over the years and is now in effect and is helping to transform the plumbing industry2.2 Conversion to 1.5 Reference. As a part of the global community, Speakman Company has been working to convert their commercial faucet line to meet the low flow standard of 1.5 gpm.

In response to WaterSense® awareness, Speakman, a quality leader in the commercial plumbing industry for 144 years, has now converted a majority of its faucet families to meet Watesense certified requirement of 1.5 gpm, while still maintaining the high quality expected from Speakman Products.

From many industry demands for low flow faucets from the market, Speakman will be certifying most of our commercial faucets to WaterSense®.  Speakman’s –LF option will now become 1.5 GPM.

Speakman will still carry some repair parts for 2.2 gpm aerators in the event customers have a demand for 2.2 gpm faucets.

For reference, please click to see Commercial Faucets Product Numbers.

Ten Tips for Renovating a Bathroom from Speakman’s Product Manager

We are very excited at Speakman about our new bathroom collections!  Infact, the bathroom DIY bug is spreading fast within Speakman’s employees.

Speakman’s Product Manager, Amy Scherer, had a substantial hand in bringing the new shower and bath collections to market.   Amy has been a part of the Speakman family for almost 5 years and when she was appointed Product Manager last year, she knew exactly what Speakman customers wanted for faucets, fixtures, and new designs of our legendary hotel showerheads.  She was so happy with them that she decided to completely gut her bathroom and start fresh with new Speakman Fixtures! Take a look at her story… and learn the secrets from one who knows bathrooms best!

My husband and I bought our home in 2010; great structure, solid bones, and in its original 1968 style & décor.  Needless to say when we bought it we knew over the years we would be doing a lot of renovations.   We started with simple things landscaping and painting.  However some new flowers and fresh paint will only take you so far.

Our bathrooms were frightening; pale pink walls, crazy mirrors, tile starting to delaminate from the shower walls and a blue toilets.  After 2+ years finally had to do something about our guest bathroom.  The grout between the tiles was beginning to disintegrate and we started to worry about the potential for mold.  So it was time, now I consider myself pretty handy, but I recognize I have limitations, professionals are professionals for a reason.  Keep in mind we completely gutted this bathroom down to the studs and sub-floor.   Here are my 10 tips & lessons learned for renovating a bathroom:

  1. Have a clear plan & budget – Without these two things you will find yourself questioning your decisions and spending way more than you planned to.  Keep a little bit of extra money in your budget, I can promise you there will be things you did not account for.
  1. Be realistic about your timeline – We set out to complete our renovation in 2 weeks.  At the end of two weeks we had a functional shower & toilet, but no door on the bathroom and no faucet yet installed.  The overall renovation took just over 3 weeks.  Keep in mind that 3 weeks is aggressive for a timeline.  If you can allow yourself 4-6 weeks for a project of this scale.
  1. Purchase as much of your materials before you begin –There is nothing worse than running around trying to get everything you need for the project during the project.  There will always be some things you will need mid-project but try to have your big items already secured and ready, these items include: tile, fixtures, vanities, doors/windows, mirrors.  It makes it much easier to see it all come together and ensure everything works together if you buy things upfront.
  1. Material Selection – Not everyone can afford marble tile and high-tech toilets for their bathroom.  In our case we made sure to spend our money on things that were really important to us and shopped around for other things.  The main tile we used we purchased from a tile store, the accent tile we purchased from a big box retailer.  Had we purchased the accent tile from the tile store we would have paid $20 a square foot, the tile from the big box was $10 a square foot, and we liked the design more.  Fixtures are important as well; you want to be sure you are getting what you pay for and quality fixtures.  Speakman was the clear choice for us not just because I work there, I know the reputation for quality.  There are a multitude of manufacturers who make quality products and many who do not, more importantly you can’t look at a price tag to determine that quality level.  Go online, read reviews, ask your friends/neighbors/family – you want a beautiful fixture that will last a long time, not just look pretty for a while.
  1. Inspect all your materials ahead of time – Make sure you check out all your materials before you install, hang on to any packaging and receipts for the materials in the event you don’t need it so you can return things.  We had bought several items we ended up not using.  In total we were able to return around $100 worth of materials.
  1. Stay Calm – Demolition is my favorite part of renovations and a project that is easy for most homeowners.  With that said, you never know what you will find behind your walls or under your floors.  In our case we had sub-floor that was rotten due to water from the toilet over the years and we had a small amount of mold behind the tile in our shower.  We also found our walls were 2×3 instead of 2×4 and our air vent pretty much had not supplied AC or heat properly to that room ever.  The natural reaction to all of this?  To freak out, DON’T.  Its not productive and anything you run into can be dealt with either be you or a professional.  In the case of things like mold, you need to handle with care or call in a professional to remediate the issue.
  1. Know your Limits – As I said I am pretty handy, but there are two parts of this project that were beyond my skills; Sanding/finishing and tiling.  In a bathroom these are two very important steps and you want them to look the best they can.  So in our case, we hired professionals.  When it came to insulation, plumbing, electrical, painting & decorating, we had that covered, which helped us save money over having a contactor for everything.
  1. Hiring Contractors – Make sure you to your homework, hire the right people for the right job.  Your time, money & home is important, to protect those things make sure the people you hire know what they are doing, don’t hire a tile guy for plumbing and an electrician for finishing.  Check out contractors through the Better Business Bureau and ask your friends if they have hired someone in the past.
  1. Décor – Don’t limit yourself to what is traditionally done.  There are many amazing ideas and things you can do with rooms that you may have never thought of before.  For us it was plants in the bathroom & a heavily frosted glass door.  I love plants so adding them into the décor of the bathroom added a splash of color to the room and something that I enjoy.  We also decided on a frosted glass door instead of a traditional interior door.  You can’t see through it at all, it adds a nice design element and allows light into the hallway.
  1. Take lots and lots of picture – It’s amazing to look back when you get done the project and see all the steps involved.  I took pictures almost every day, and have really enjoyed looking at them compared to the images of the bathroom before especially when we first moved in.  They also allow you to showcase your hard work or evaluate your contractor’s performance.

The best part of the entire project is the end; the outcome will reflect your decisions, efforts and style.  Bathrooms are also one of the biggest equity boosting renovations you can do to your home (Kitchens are huge as well).  My husband and I are completely in love with our new guest bathroom, and cannot wait until we can renovate our master bath (date to be determined).

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Choose Speakman Low Flow Showerheads!

Quick Guide to NYC Low Flow Showerhead Regulations

Effective July 1, 2012

Local Law 57 states New York City water efficiency consumption will change from 2.5 GPM @ 80 psi to 2.0 GPM for Plumbing Fixtures and Fixtures fittings.

  • Code changes apply to new construction and the repair or replacement of existing structures and fittings.
  • IAPMO states that on average, a typical New Yorker uses 125 gallons of water every day. 10% of which is used showering.  Switching to low flow will average a savings of $40.00/year.
  • When utilizing a water savings showerhead to conserve water it is critical to select a shower valve that provides code approved thermal shock protection. The Speakman shower valve is 3rd party tested and approved to meet the ASSE 1016 pressure balancing requirement to flow down to 1.5 GPM

Speakman Low Flow Showerheads Guarantee an Unbeatable Spray Force at any Pressure:

  • Spray force is tested against the minimum performance requirement set by WaterSense® of 2.0 oz of force
  • Speakman’s 2252-E2 performs as seen below @ 2x industry standard at 30 psi and at almost 3x industry standard at 80 psi

In fact, Speakman Low Flow Showerheads were just featured in Fine Homebuilding’s Kitchen and Bath Planning Guide 2012.

For more information of eco friendly showerheads, please visit speakmancompany.com