Knocking out the small stuff

Welcome to our first blog post.  We’ve been moved in for a couple weeks and are so excited to be here.  Our first project is really a bunch of little projects, taking care of things that need to be addressed right away.  Since the house was a foreclosure we knew we’d need to address these items as soon as we moved in.

No shower heads
Replacing a shower head is an easy job.  We spent a lot more time researching shower heads than the 2 minutes it took to install them.  Thanks to Amazon reviews, we selected the Speakman Anystream (S-2005-HB).  14261271787020

This shower head is listed as a hotel spec shower head, with Speakman being a supplier to many hotel chains.  Shower heads in the U.S. must meet conservation guidelines so they use no more than 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm).  Many folks complain about low water pressure and remove the aerator that restricts water flow to provide more pressure.  We picked this water head based on reviews that praised the water pressure and adjustable spray pattern without compromising water conservation.  The performance of this shower head is fantastic and meets the approval of the toughest shower head critic there is, at least in this family, my wife. 

Shower Rods
You guessed it, the shower rods in each bathroom were missing as well.  We decided to go with curved shower rods.  We chose fixed mounted shower rods.  We have had bad experiences with tension rods that eventually loosen up and mar up the wall. The process for installing a shower rod is very straightforward and doesn’t require many tools.  One trick that helped simplify mounting the brackets was to make a paper template of the mounting bracket hole patterns and the cap that covers it up.

LED Lights
Switching out the recessed lighting fixtures with an LED replacement is a simple project that makes a big difference both aesthetically and in energy savings  We decided to use a one piece LED light with a built in trim ring to replace missing light bulbs in recessed (can light) fixtures. Since the unit is one piece, there is no unsightly gap between the bulb and the trim ring.  The light quality of these units is fantastic and consumes 11 watts of electricity while providing much better light output than the 65 watt flood lamps they replaced.  These units are rated for 50,000 hours which means that if we use them 8 hours a day, every day of the year, they should last 17 years.  They are especially well suited for high locations, like our 18 foot living room ceiling.  In reviewing many brands and options, we chose Commercial Electric LED lights from Home Depot.  At $35 for a two pack they are more pricey than your standard flood lamp, but considering the energy they save and the fact they replace the poor fitting trim rings I had before, they are a great value.


These lights are designed for use in high moisture areas such as bathrooms and outside.




Installing them is a piece of cake. Simply remove the trim ring and existing flood lamp from the recessed light fixture, screw the power connector into the light bulb socket, and lock the unit in place with the attached mounting clips.



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