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Ask a plumber: How to upgrade your shower on a tight budget

The Awaken showerhead from Kohler.
The Awaken showerhead from Kohler. Kohler

Q: We recently moved into a new home. The bathroom is in good shape and has your standard-type tub and shower unit. We would like to do some type of upgrade to the tub/shower stall, but right now we’re on a tight budget. What do you recommend we do for an affordable shower upgrade?

Peter, Rhode Island

A: This is a pretty easy one since I get this question often. The good news is I have two suggestions and both can usually be done without having a large budget.

▪ Change out the showerhead. Showerheads come in all price ranges, and chances are you’ll find one you like, along with a price tag you also like. Plus, using a brand-new shower head can feel invigorating, especially if you get one with different settings.

▪ If you want a little extra room in your shower, I also recommend changing your shower curtain rod to a new curved-type. Curved shower rods basically install the same way as a standard shower rod. But, with an outward curved rod, you can get a little extra shoulder room. Like the showerhead, this project can also be affordable, so you might say that two small changes can really make one big difference.

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 eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com.