August 6th, 2007


Shower Follies with TexasT's

Last Sunday night (I think) I went in to take a shower. And shave. 

Now I've shaved in the shower for years and years. Probably ever since they invented those (supposed to be) z'fogless mirrors for use in the shower or bath. I've got (had) one of those shaving mirrors in the shower that circulates water behind it to keep them from fogging up while you shave. Have an old waterpik hand held shower massage. - they are both getting a little old and would need replaced soon, I thought. The mirror is getting hard to see - no matter what I clean it with and the showerhead - meh - the less said about that thing the better. Not even sure if the massage thing works on it anymore. And looking at the Shower Caddie, (Wire covered with white vinyl) that would need to go soon too. Soon - But not yet.

I noticed (while I was shaving) as the water was running that there were a number of small leaks around the end of the water pipe where the mirror connects between the water supply and the shower head. Now when did that start? Against my better jusdgment *Don't touch it!* I reached up and touched the fixture for the mirror. Even more water shot out the sides.

As I dried off, I tried not to think of the implications of what I had just seen in the shower.

I was almost awake when The Queen went in to take a shower the next morning and noticed she left the bathroom right away! With towels and soap and stuff! Soon heard water running in the other bathroom. I got up and went into the bathroom, looked in the shower and sure enough the connection to the supply pipe had cracked off (at the mirror connection and was laying on the floor of the shower...

Didn't have time to deal with it at that red hot moment as I had to get in to work.


After work, though...

Shower Follies Continue...

dod-r-rather than go to the house after work, I went straight to Bed,Bath and Beyond - Initially I was just after a new mirror. Preferably not one that you have to hook up to the water supply.


705004415101Found one those that magnifies as you turn in clockwise, with no hookup and a handy little holder for a razor, too! Bad as my vision is, this would be good, although I'm not so sure I want to see my nose THAT close up! *grins*

But I'd had one of these before and they  worked fine - until they didn't anymore. Z'Fogless Shower Mirror.

Not terribly expensive and I know it will get the job done! Okay! So that part was done.

Thought while I was there...


PollenexMy, my...Things seem to have advanced since I was last in the market for a shower head! Seems that now you have to have at least two heads. And everyone knows two heads are better than one! I was torn. Such an array of choices...I stood there for quite a time thinking on this... The cheapies were pretty much out after the first go round.

I finally narrowed it down to two of the myriad brands they had there.

Tried and true Waterpik Aquafalltm Combo Shower Head or   Pollenex Hydroxytm...These have a little valve on the side that mixes air with the water and is supposed to be even more refreshing than a regular, tried and true, plain-jane Waterpik! I thought okay, I'm an agent for change...Pollenex for the win. And this rig was a little cheaper too! And Pollenenx has a reputation for making quality gear...Just like Waterpik.

I'm ready for a change! Two heads have gotta be better than one...Right? Right??

And while I was there I picked up a OXO Good Grips three tier shower caddy too. It looks to be big and roomy. It might actually hold all the stuff The Queen and I require for hygiene. Might as well get it all. While I was there, because I don't plan to be back in here for a while.

I pays my money and leave the store. Stop at Long John Silver's for Fish and Chips on the way home. It is well after dark by the time I get home and The Queen is already asleep. I grab a pair of channel lock pliers and make my way upstairs. I was telling myself I was too tired to do this tonight...But I want to take a shower in MY shower in the morning.

I change out of my work clothes and into a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. I pull everything out of their respective packaging. It is then that I discover the shower head assembly I have purchased in made out of plastic. Chrome plated plastic. Carp...

Oh well, nothing ventured - nothing gained. I go to pull the remains of the mirror fixture off the supply arm. With the tool I have - I can't! The supply arm just twists around as I apply the Channel locks forcefully to the plastic nut. So back down to the garage I go, cursing under my breath so as not to wake The Queen, to get another pair of channel locks or something. Got 'em - Well! Let's just take these two pairs of vice-grips up too. I don't want to make another trip downstairs, because when I finish with this, I'm going to bed.

So back up the stairs I go. Still muttering under my breath. "sass-a-frass-meklemuckety-muckl" I apply one pair of channel locks to the supply pipe and the other to this effing plastic nut. Still no dice. Throw the damned channel locks on the bed. Get the vice grips - one on the frickety-frackin' nut and the other on the shower arm. Gaining leverage with your arms stretched over your head ain't easy. But the damned fitting finally parts company with the shower arm. Whew!

Glad that worked. My next trick was a propane torch! I was gonna melt the sucker a little...One way or another...It was coming off. NOW!

Put the new mirror on the shower wall. Get the caddy up and mounted to the shower arm and suctioned to the wall. Grab the new shower head(s) and get them assembled and put on the shower arm with no issue.Turn the water on - looks good - no leaks around any of the fittings. So I leave the water on and start getting ready to go to bed. I was patting myself on the back for a job well done, when I hear a CRASH!!! from the direction of the shower. I look over and the entire shower head fixture is now laying on the floor of the stall. The connecting nut was still attached to the shower arm, but the rest had apparently blown off. It separated where the red arrows are in the picture.

Do yourself a favor don't buy this shower assembly. It is a cheap piece of trash. Click the pic for a larger view.

Click for a larger view

Turned the water off,  took the nut off, dropped the whole kit and kaboodle into the bag from whence it came. Put the old hand held shower head back on and went to bed, safe in the knowledge that I would indeed, be going back to Bed, Bath and Beyond again the next day.



Good News, I Think...

The house next door may have sold. There's no sign out front now. And I've seen various utility guys around the last day or two.

Of course that could mean they've taken it off the market. I prefer to live in the positive...