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Showerheads: no downside to this easy bathroom upgrade

Replacing a shower head is a popular DIY project. This Moxi shower head by Kohler is also a wireless Bluetooth speaker.
Replacing a shower head is a popular DIY project. This Moxi shower head by Kohler is also a wireless Bluetooth speaker.
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Q: I have the “bathroom blues” and I want to upgrade my bathroom with a brand new shower head. Since this project is relatively simple for a plumbing project, I may want to explore my shower head options. What are some good, better, best, types of shower heads that can be installed without turning this project into a big deal?

Barry, New Jersey

A: Replacing a shower head is a popular DIY project. Usually there is no need to shut off the water to the house since the tub/shower mixing valve shuts down the water to the shower head. Also, as long as the chrome shower arm pipe is in good shape, the old shower head usually comes off pretty easily and the new head can be installed. Just follow the instructions that come with your shower head.

Keeping your choices to shower heads that can be installed directly to your existing shower arm pipe, here are three of my favorite shower head types:

•  Multi-function model: This type looks like a standard shower head but it can deliver a variety of sprays including massage mode, target sprays and misting.

•  Hand shower with mounting bracket: This kind of hand shower features a special bracket that attaches directly to your shower arm, and it has a built-in cradle to hold the hand shower assembly in place. Use it as a shower or hand shower.

•  Wireless speaker/shower: Yes, there are shower heads that play music. These water-safe, battery-operated shower heads feature a removable Bluetooth wireless speaker surrounded by angled spray nozzles. With standard installation a wireless shower head won’t just wash away your bathroom blues, it will let you wash with your bathroom blues.

Master contractor and plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call” and the host of TV and Internet shows. Visit or write

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