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Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House

When I was in third grade, my class did a unit on space and astronomy and NASA. It was the coolest. We got to go to the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium and eat freeze-dried ice cream, and we also got to do an experiment where we planted a bunch of tomato seeds that had been in space and a bunch of tomato seeds that had not been in space, to find out which ones would grow better. (I assumed that the tomato seeds that had been in space would grow into crazy bionic alien plants, but surprisingly, they just turned out to be a little less likely to sprout than the non-space seeds.) My hero that year was Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, and I wanted to be an astronaut just like her.

As it turns out, I’m not an astronaut. I changed my mind about career paths multiple times after third grade. But in thinking back, I do feel happy about the fact that I had a dream. I also feel happy that the dream wasn’t a total fantasy—rather, it was directly connected to something cool I was doing and learning in school, something I could continue pursuing if I chose to. I knew that if you wanted to be an astronaut, you should keep learning about science, including astronomy, and also math. A third grader’s version of a career map, basically.

Ok, so positive thoughts about choosing and pursuing a career: awesome. Now let’s talk about something else I was also interested in around that same time—something with a very different kind of message: M.A.S.H.

Not M.A.S.H. the television show, which apparently is actually spelled M*A*S*H (and which I have never seen), but rather M.A.S.H. the game, the one that you too may have played in elementary or middle school, the one that’s supposed to tell you about your future.

M.A.S.H., as I have recently discovered, has a Wikipedia page that you can check out if you want, but here is my personal memory of how my friends and I played it:

  1. One person is chosen to have their fortune told. Let’s say that person is me.
  2. My friend writes “M.A.S.H.” at the top of a piece of paper. M.A.S.H. stands for mansion, apartment, shack, house. It’s a list of possible places I might live when I grow up. We also sometimes played “S.M.A.S.H.,” where the first “S” stands for sewer.
  3. My friend scatters some categories throughout the page: “marry” (who I’ll marry when I grow up), “kids” (how many kids I’ll have), “live” (what city/country I’ll live in), and “car” (what kind of car I’ll drive). Additional optional categories include “job”  and “pet”.
  4. My friend writes down four or five possibilities in each category. I can make suggestions, but she gets to write down whatever she wants. Typically she will write down some desirable and some undesirable items in each category.
  5. A number, usually somewhere between 3 and 10, is randomly chosen; let’s say it’s 5. My friend goes through the entire page, crossing off every fifth item, again and again until there’s only one item left in each category, and circles what’s left.
  6. The circled items are a map of my future life.

My friends and I spent many hours playing this game in elementary and early middle school, trading off turns. When I was in third grade, my M.A.S.H. sheet might have looked something like this:

M.A.S.H. is typically thought of as a sort of harmless, goofy fortune-telling game. And I can see the argument for that. But the more I think about M.A.S.H., the more I really don’t like it.

Here’s why.

To begin with, M.A.S.H. is implicitly based upon the philosophy that your life will just “happen” to turn out a certain way. This is a somewhat subtle element of the game, but I think it’s a critical one. The way it’s played, it doesn’t matter who you want to marry (if anyone), or what type of career you want to have, or where you want to live. In M.A.S.H. you have no control over any of this: whatever happens in your life is due to blind chance. (You might end up living in a mansion and you might end up living in a shack: who knows? Let’s just see what happens!)

For the record, I believe that our circumstances as adults do often involve a substantial element of luck: not all children in this world have the same opportunities, unfortunately. But there’s a big difference between recognizing the existence of inequality and believing that there’s no point in having goals or trying to pursue them.

So to begin with, I’m not thrilled with the general life philosophy that M.A.S.H. seems to espouse. However, my main motivation for writing about M.A.S.H. is that it is a game that is largely, almost exclusively, played by girls. If you think I am wrong about this, then please let me know in the comments. But in my experience it is, for all practical purposes, a girls’ game. And M.A.S.H.’s subtle philosophy—that your life is predetermined, that your future will be decided by who you happen to meet and marry and what job you happen to accidentally fall into—takes on an additional significance when only a specific subset of children are playing M.A.S.H. My male classmates in third grade also heard the message that they could be astronauts someday, but the message they perhaps didn’t hear as much was that whether or not they actually ended up as astronauts would be the result of random chance.

I will also throw out there that “marry” is by far the most important category in the game: is it is always the first one written down (other than “M.A.S.H.” itself), and honestly it’s really the primary focus of the whole experience. I would always try to get my friend to write down the name of whoever I had a secret crush on at the time, and I would feel truly excited and fluttery if that person’s name was circled at the end. The other categories were somewhat less interesting: I didn’t really know which cars were better than other cars (and still don’t), and “job” was an afterthought if it was included at all.

To be sure, who you will eventually marry, or partner with—if anyone—is an important life question. But I’d be a little uncomfortable saying that it’s definitely more important than other facets of your life like your career, or that it’s something that’s important to focus on when you’re nine years old. And I’m especially uncomfortable if it’s only girls who are internalizing this sense of its heightened importance.

My first impulse is to blame M.A.S.H., or whoever invented it in the first place, for attempting to fool little girls into thinking that they don’t have control over their dreams and futures and that life is all about who you marry.

But as I reflect upon it more, I’m not sure that M.A.S.H. itself is really the problem. Asking about the origin of M.A.S.H. is kind of a chicken-and-egg question: which came first: the idea that girls don’t have control over their futures, or a game suggesting that girls don’t have control over their futures? I suspect that M.A.S.H. may just be reflective of pervasive, insidious messages that nine-year-old girls have already started to pick up from the environment.

Fortunately, there are a lot of awesome role models out there, girls and women who are actively pursuing big dreams rather than sitting back and waiting for fate to take over, and whose lives and examples therefore counteract the M.A.S.H. philosophy. Like Sally Ride. Like Misty Copeland. Like Amy Poehler (and Leslie Knope, because they’re basically the same person, right?). Like J. K. Rowling (and Hermione Granger, for that matter). Like Malala Yousafzai, a girl whose own dream is to empower other girls to take control of their futures through education. Like Condoleezza Rice, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan, regardless of how you feel about any of their politics.

To be clear, I don’t blame my nine-year-old self, or any child, for playing M.A.S.H.—it’s honestly a lot of fun, and everyone is curious about their future. But it brings up some important issues about gender, career, and goal-setting that are important to talk about. M.A.S.H. may be just a game, but the ways in which we think about our futures and our dreams as children, and as adults, have a powerful impact on who we become.

What do you think—am I being too hard on M.A.S.H.?
Also, I would LOVE to hear about your experience with this game (or lack thereof):
Is it really just a girls’ game? Is it played outside the U.S.? Do you have any other thoughts about it?

How to Tighten Toilet Seat with No Access Underside

Is your toilet seat getting lost, or do you need to tighten it? And is your toilet seat one of those models without an underside access? 

If that is the case, then I have prepared a post that can help you to tighten toilet seat with no access underside.

How to Tighten Toilet Seat with No Access Underside

Gears and Tools You Will Need

You only need simple tools and gears to tighten your toilet seat that doesn’t have an underside access. These are:

  • A wrench 
  • A tool to pry (flat-head gear) 
  • A pair of pliers 
  • A screwdriver
  • Gloves 
  • Goggles 

Although it is not necessary to wear goggles and gloves, you should put them to prevent injuries from broken fragments. 

Procedure to Follow to Tighten the Seat

Here are the steps that you should follow when tightening a toilet seat with no access underside.

1. Exam Your Toilet Thoroughly 

You might discover that your toilet has holes that can help you access the underside, but they are hidden or obscured from your view. For instance, you should check the hinges to find out if there are hidden buttons.

Run your hand back and forth – you might spot them eventually. Press these buttons to release the lid, which will show the securing bolts and screws. 

Some seats come with unique covers that you should slide out to see the accesses. They help to protect the bolts from material and water that can destroy them. Look for a round cut piece.

Finally, there are toilet seats that require you to take the toilet off its attaching base. It is quite common for wall-mounted toilets and one-piece toilet. The holes that hold the seat are located with the bolts that join your toilet to the wall.  

2. Re-Alight the Seat

Now you can see the underside access – things are going to be more comfortable now. However, you should adjust the seat before you start tightening it. 

Your toilet seat might be out of alignment because it had become loose, and you should move it back to the natural position (center). You can use clamps when aligning it. 

3. Tighten the Bolts 

You need the screwdriver to tighten these bolts. Ensure that your tool has the ideal head – not too small or too big. The right screwdriver can make it easy to tighten and prolong their life.

Tighten the bolts until they stop to move. Some models come with a special wing nut that you can tighten using a pair of pliers.

4. Inspect the Tension/ Close the Lid

Knock the bolts slightly to see if they can move or not. Tighten them if they show any sign of movement. After that, place the lid, and you are done.

Final Verdict 

You should seek professional help if you fail to access the underside of your toilet seat. But if you do access it, you should follow the steps above to get a compact toilet. I hope that the guide above has been helpful, and now you can tighten your model without any problem. 

Which is The Best Oxygenics Shower Head To Buy?

Choosing the right shower head is all about the needs that your household has. Some family’s really like a standard shower head that’s static, meaning that it doesn’t adjust the water pressure or coverage or have a handheld option. Others prefer to have more freedom to create the perfect shower atmosphere for each individual member of the family. If you’re looking to get the best of the best, you’ll want to take a look at our best Oxygenics shower head reviews to find out just what those are because each of these 8 products offers the features you’re likely looking for.

We’ve chosen a variety of different products that provide a variety of different services and features. This way, you can make sure the one that you choose is actually going to fit what you feel is the most important aspect. All you need to do is take a look and make your choice. 

Features to Watch Out For

There are a number of different features that you should take a look at and we’re going to evaluate a few of them right here. 

Number of Shower Heads – Some shower head systems actually come with more than one shower head, which can give you an even more unique showering experience and can provide more pressure.

Shower Head Settings – You should take a look at how many different settings the shower head you’re looking at has and how many different combinations you can create with those, which creates the shower experience you want. 

Metal Finish – The finish on your shower head should match the style that you’re looking for inside your bathroom. This could be stainless steel, brushed nickel or something else entirely. 

Handheld Option – A handheld option means that you can remove the shower head from the wall and use it as you want. This is better for taller or shorter users or for those who want to wash pets especially. 

Top Products to Know

1. Oxygenic 26481 Brushed Nickel Body Spa

This is actually a shower head that’s intended to be used in an RV, which means it’s great for smaller spaces. It has special technology that’s designed to actually increase your water pressure to get you an even better shower. On top of that it limits water flow to make sure you don’t waste any water and still keeps a consistent temperature during the entire experience for added comfort. The spray pattern is designed to make it even easier and faster to rinse off, even if you have long hair that you need to clean.

On top of all of these things you’re going to have non-stick pieces on the interior of the unit, which keeps minerals from building up, even if you have hard water. The head can also be pulled down to use as a handheld shower with a 60” hose that gives you plenty of freedom for taller or shorter users. 

2. Oxygenic PowerMax Chrome 9-Spray Shower Head

Looking for a large shower head that will give you plenty of different spray options? This is definitely going to be one you want to look at because it actually has 9 different patterns to choose from. Each of these patterns make it simple for you to find a comfortable flow and get the shower you want. It’s also designed to never clog, which makes it even easier to clean and reduces the amount of repairs you’ll need to watch out for. The efficient design means that you’re going to use even less water than with a standard shower, which decreases your costs.

The installation process is very quick and easy, which means you can get to your first shower with this new unit in no time. It also has a limited lifetime performance warranty, which means if there’s ever a failure or the shower head clogs you can contact the company to get it taken care of. 

3. Oxygenics Marvel 9-Setting Rain Shower System

This is a unique shower head because it’s actually square in shape, which lends a unique touch to your bathroom aesthetic. You’ll have a brushed nickel finish, which also fits in with any other materials in the space. The 8” face is large enough to create a rain shower feature and to provide high pressure, but with 9 different settings you can choose whatever works for you. These different settings make it easy for each member of the family and each of your guests to feel more comfortable while taking their own showers as well.

There is an added pressure boost that gives you a little more powerful shower and the non-stick internal pieces mean there’s less danger of clogs. The WaterSense technology is also designed to cut down on your water usage without making you feel like you’re being deprived at all. 

4. Oxygenics Amp Chrome 120-Spray Shower Head

This shower head has a unique design because you’re actually getting two shower heads in one. This means you’re going to have even more water and better water pressure going on. Also, the two shower heads each have 10 different settings, which provides you with the unique water experience that you want and the same for each member of your family. In total, this gives you 120 different combinations of sprays between the two shower heads. This means you’re going to have an even better experience overall with each shower that you take.

There’s a 72” hose that provides you with the ability to remove the shower head and use it as a handheld option. This can be great for those who are taller or shorter and also allows you to reach places that are a little bit harder to reach otherwise. 

5. Oxygenics Curve 3-Setting Brushed Nickel Rain Shower

This brushed nickel shower head creates a sleek look in your bathroom, but it’s not just the color that does it. This is actually a curved shower head which creates a very unique look and an even better experience in the shower as well. It has high water pressure and 3 different settings for the spray that you would like. This allows you to customize it better to fit each member of the family. There’s also a limited lifetime warranty that says it’s going to continue working for you just the way that you expect. 

Easy to install, this unit is also WaterSense certified, which means that it’s going to save you on energy and water costs because it uses less water. It has a large surface area that allows you to feel the spray over your entire body, but it’s still not going to cost a lot in order to run it. 

6. Oxygenics Hero Combo CH Shower Head

With this shower head you’re actually getting two separate shower heads that can create an even more unique showering experience. These can be adjusted to direct the water just where you want it and they each have 7 different spray settings. This creates a total of 63 different combinations that you can customize to fit your shower preferences. You’ll be able to remove the top nozzle to get a handheld shower head, which makes it easier to get to those harder to reach places and to shower smaller children or even pets.

With this shower head you get a bright silver finish with black accent and an ergonomic grip. This creates a sleek look for your bathroom and also allows you to more easily hold onto the unit, even when your hands are wet from your shower. 

7. Oxygenics 89546 PowerSelect

This unique looking shower head actually comes in a hexagonal shape, which creates a great look in your bathroom. That’s especially true when it’s paired with the brushed nickel finish. This shower head helps to increase your water pressure and gives you 7 different spray settings, which makes it even easier for you to get the type of shower you’re looking for. It has a certified 1.75 GPM flow rate, which means it’s going to use less energy and less water. This is great for your costs as well as better for the environment because you’re using up fewer resources. 

Designed to never clog and to resist both mineral buildup and corrosion, you’re going to find that it’s easy to use and easy to keep clean as well. It even comes with a limited lifetime warranty in case of failure or any clogs that might develop. 

8. Oxygenics 30020 Storm Showerhead Kit

Here you’re going to have shower head that can be installed onto any shower arm quickly and easily. It has 54 different nozzles on the face of the shower head, which makes for a better showering experience, offering several different points of contact. You’re also going to have little to no maintenance with this unit because it’s intended to never clog or break down. Not to mention it helps to conserve water, even while making you feel like you’re getting exactly the type of shower that you want. It actually overs up to 30% more water pressure than other similar units.

You’ll get a brilliant silver finish, which looks fresh and bright in any bathroom and you’ll get a rainfall shower experience, which provides a full overflow of water over your entire body. For areas that don’t have good water pressure, this is a good option to go with.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a high quality shower head you’ll want to take a closer look at each of these. They each provide different features that will help you have a great experience and any one of them could be the best Oxygenics shower head reviews. Just take a look and decide which one you like best for yourself. 

What’s The Best Speakman Handheld Shower Heads?

We all want to get drenched in very comfortable and comfy shower every morning and in the evening after a long hectic day. There are many handheld shower heads that are available in the market today; all you need to do is to identify your trusted brand. 

You need to have a trusted handheld shower head in your bathroom that has quality performance and should be in a position to give you the best massage like shower. On that same note, one of the best handheld shower heads in the market today, which is getting popular each day, is the Speakman shower head. 

The Speakman shower head has been providing very good services in the market for over 80 years. They are highly durable compared to other brands. Most people prefer to use the Speakman in their residence. Speakman handheld shower comes in very different styles and designs. 

This review provides you with the best Speakman shower heads in the market today and their features. Besides, we have also highlighted the advantages and disadvantages of each to make your work easy. And the buying guide not to mention will help you pick the best Speakman handheld shower head that will suit your needs. 

Factors to consider when choosing Speakman handheld shower hand

There are so many factors to consider before purchasing any Speakman handheld shower head. The most important ones are:

  • Purpose

One of the most important factors that you need to consider before buying any Speakman handheld shower head is its purpose. You need to buy a shower that your households can easily use and one that will meet your needs and expectations perfectly. The shower head you buy will greatly determine the kind of massage shower you are going to get, whether the experience will be memorable or it will be just like any other shower.

  • Shower head features

Another important factor that you need to consider is the features of the shower head. Shower heads have distinct features, you need to check and analyse these features before buying a shower head. Some of the features you should consider include the size of the shower head which should be directly related to the size of your bathroom. 

Choosing a shower head with a head and arm will also give you a wide range of movements, you can buy a short or long one depending on your needs and one that will give you comfort.

  • Adaptability

The adaptability of a handheld shower head is also a very important factor to consider before spending your hard-earned income. Ensure you buy a shower head that will not give you and your family hard times while using it. Most of the Speakman handheld shower heads in the market today are feature laden just like their fixed counterparts. 

  • Pressure and water efficiency

Last but not least, you must check on the shower heads’ water pressure and efficiency before you settle on one product. No one wants to get huge water bills every now and then. Moreover, it will be so annoying when your shower head cannot produce the desired water pressure.  

You need to pay keen attention to these two little details and keep your mind conscious and very alert while making your decision to get the best refreshing shower that you will not regret. 

A review of 11 best Speakman handheld shower hand 2019

1. Speakman High Pressure Bathroom Showerhead

The first product that you can consider buying and will definitely give your bathroom a luxury massage shower is the Speakman high pressure bathroom showerhead. This showerhead is highly preferred because of its legendary performance and quality.  

Some of its best features are eight massage jets that you can adjust by turning the handle towards right or left to get your desired interest. What’s more, it’s made of a very durable plastic hence can last longer to pass the test of time and is very easy to clean too.

Pros

  • It has a contemporary design
  • High pressure
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Has adjustable shower heads

Cons

  • The reflector can easily leak
  • Produces squawking sound while showering

2. Speakman Signature Icon Shower Head

For you to get the best experience while having a shower then Speakman signature icon shower head is the product for you. Besides, the adjustable side handle and shower head that ensures you can transition water from rain, intense or full flood setting is included too. 

What’s more, this product has modern ionic style and finishing hence making it very attractive and good looking. However, one of the downsides of this product is that it does not have such a quite powerful stream of water.

Pros

  • Has modern iconic style
  • Adjustable side handles and shower head
  • Very efficient and powerful
  • Ideal for low water pressures showerhead
  • Easy to clean and maintain

Cons

  • The restrictor is irremovable and you cannot change handles
  • Not a powerful stream

3. Speakman Signature Icon Adjustable Shower Head 

Another product that you can consider buying is the Speakman signature icon adjustable shower head designed to deliver a great experience while having your shower. This multifunction product has eight plungers that are patented hence transforms water to high pressure sprays. 

You can easily transition between rain, intense and flood sprays according to your preferences. Besides, it is very durable and is built with plungers. This shower head is also quite easy to maintain and clean. However, some people complain that it mostly ends up having leakages hence wasting water.

Pros

  • Very easy to maintain and clean
  • High pressures 
  • Adjustable shower head
  • Very durable
  • Inbuilt plungers

Cons

  • It does not fit the standard plumbing system
  • Constant leaking

4. Speakman Anystream High Pressure Shower Head

Speakman High Pressure Anystream shower head will also give you a luxury shower experience at your home. It has many different full coverage spray patterns to suit your preference by just rotating the T handle to either side without much effort. 

This shower head is very easy to install and will definitely blend with your bathroom décor and style. Besides, it is a high-pressure shower head. The durability of this shower head is also on another level. The process of cleaning and maintaining it is also quite an easy one.

Pros

  • Has different spray patterns that can distribute water evenly
  • Very durable and has powerful performance
  • Corrosion resistant and finishing is done with polished chrome
  • Easy to clean and maintain, has self-clean plungers that resists hard water build up

Cons

  • Easy to rust
  • The pressure is low

5. Speakman Anystream Classic Shower Head

This Speakman shower head has compact design and is also sleek. It has four powerful jets to deliver full coverage sprays that can be adjusted to any angle by just twisting the handle. You can choose between full, intense or the drench spray patterns. Besides, this product is anti-corrosion because of the polished chrome finish. The best thing about this shower head is that it is very easy to install.

Pros

  • Has four different spray patterns
  • Chrome finished hence Corrosion resistant
  • Constructed of durable plastic 
  • Easy to clean and to maintain

Cons

  • Very low water pressure levels.

6. Speakman Anystream Handheld Caspian Shower Head

You can also consider spending you hard earned income on this Speakman Caspian shower head that has a very sleek line and its handle is ergonomic that will make your bathroom look and feel great. You can adjust this shower head to your desired massage and combination settings by just turning it to either side. 

Besides, this shower head is very easy to clean and to maintain since it has self-cleaning spray nozzles. What’s more, it also has a contemporary design which makes it quite lovely as well. The fact that the shower head is adjustable is also another plus for users.

Pros

  • Has contemporary style
  • 12 massage jets for consisted performance
  • Very easy to clean and to maintain
  • Adjustable shower head
  • Its installation process is very easy

Cons

  • Low pressure levels.

7. Speakman Fixed Reaction Shower Head.

The Speakman fixed shower head function with low pressure is another ideal product that should find its way into your bathroom. This shower head is a single function spray setting that only concentrates in optimizing pressure. This product is available in different colors, for instance the Smokey grey, jade frames and dust blue. 

The Speakman reaction shower head is one of the most powerful shower heads in the market today and it performs brilliantly with low pressure. However, it does not come with an adaptor and that is something that most people somehow don’t like at all.

Pros

  • It is a single function spray setting
  • It has a transparent frame
  • Turbine powered engine
  • The flow rate is above 2 GPM 

Cons

  • The plastic flow restrictor is worthless
  • Does not come with adapter

8. Speakman Anystream Napa Shower Combination

Do you want a classy and stylish shower head? Well Speakman Anystream Napa shower combination may be the best choice for you. Its important features are; it is a two-way shower diverter, will bring more elegance to your luxurious bathroom, very easy to clean and maintain and the Speakman handheld shower head can be easily installed to an already existing shower arm.

Pros

  • Ideal for US plumbing system connection
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Easy installation into any US plumbing system
  • Elegant look
  • Has easy to use diverter switch 

Cons

  • Low water pressure levels.

9. Speakman Adjustable Anystream Shower Head

Another Speakman product that is trending in the market today is this Adjustable Anystream Shower head. It has a recommendable fashion design that will give your bathroom a beautiful look. What’s more, it has six different spray jets that will give you expected luxury and performance. Besides, this shower head is made of patented plunger system that produces water forcefully even when the water pressure levels are low.

Pros

  • It is very easy to clean and maintain
  • It is corrosion resistant 
  •  Very durable, it is made of solid brass construction
  • Produces water forcefully even when the water pressures are low

Cons

  • Small spray area
  • The shower head is prone to leakage

10. Speakman High Pressure Neo Anystream Shower Head

The second last product that you can purchase is the Speakman High Pressure Neo Anystream Shower Head that is highly recommended for pains and day to day aches. It has a simple design that makes it look familiar while it’s still new. This shower head is a high-pressure shower head producing a full coverage that will definitely sooth your senses. 

Besides, the adjustable shower head with its 5 jets positioned strategically will enhance your showering experience to a whole new level. However, most people complain that this shower head is not very powerful and therefore something should be done about that.

Pros

  • Made of durable plastic for longevity
  • The shower head is very easy to clean and maintain
  • It has a timeless simplicity design
  • The shower head is a high-pressure shower head
  • Adjustable shower heads

Cons

  • Not very powerful

11. Speakman Anystream  Handheld Napa Shower Head 

Last but not least, the Speakman Anystream Handheld Napa shower head will give you a luxurious massage shower experience because of its full body sprays that are balanced. The five adjustable nozzles produce full body sprays even when the water pressure levels are low. 

The hose is extra-long for easy movement hence making children and pets bath time easy. The best part about this shower head is that the materials and components prevent clogging and components build up.

Pros

  • It is equipped with 5 adjustable jets
  • Has limited lifetime warranty
  • Materials and components prevent component build up and clogging
  • Has an extra-long hose

Cons

  • Not good water pressures
  • Finishing peels off after few months of use

Conclusion

We hope this review will help you choose the best Speakman handheld shower head that will ensure your shower experience is rememberable. All these shower heads listed here are of high quality and are the best options in the market today. Choosing any among the eleven products will surely give you the best outcome depending on what you want.

However, we would like to recommend Speakman Adjustable Anystream Shower Head to be the best among the best because it is made of durable plastic hence can last for a long period of time, it is very easy to clean and maintain, the shower head is of high pressure and the shower jets can be easily adjusted to suit your needs.

10 Best Unique Anniversary Gift Ideas for Parents

Having to give your parents a nice gift for their anniversary should not be a major challenge. However, you might want to creative if you want to stand out. Do not make the gift boring like any other gift you would give them for their anniversary. Today, we look at some of the best gift ideas you can get on the market that will suit your parents. Let us get to the list alread. 

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1. Personalized wood plaque 

We all love to appreciate our parents with some special messages. It can even be better if you make the message memorable by having it embossed in a wood plaque. Be creative with the words so that the gift feels personal and great. You can get various companies that can make this possible. Make sure that the wood plaque is also customized to look great with its finish and font used to write the message. 

2. Coffee Mugs

As much as your parents will always coffee mugs, it would be great if they have Mr. and Mrs. Coffee mugs from their kids. These are popular mugs right now that can be personalized to have the writings that you want. Always go for the ceramic mugs with a high quality finish to make it even better for durability. The mugs should also be dish-washer friendly to allow them to easily wash the mugs whenever they have to do so. 

3. Personalized artwork 

It always feels great when you step into the house and the first thing you notice is a personalized artwork for your parent’s anniversary. It just goes to show you put in a lot of thought in coming up with the gift. Pick an event special in their lives and create a great artwork around it. It could even be their wedding day or any other important day. Always go for quality artwork so that it pops out as a piece of attention whenever you enter the room. 

4. Wine glasses 

Wine glasses might just look simple, but they can also be a great idea for an anniversary gift. Get your parents a pair of wine glasses with a personalized touch. You can message such as “Super Dad” and “Best Mum” messages added to the wine glass. Play around with the colors of the messages and the font style too. The idea is to end up with a high quality glass that lasts for longer too. It should be also BPA free to avoid any health concerns. 

5. Couple figurine 

Choosing one of the best couple figurine makes the gift all worth it. Take the time to understand what your parents would love as a figurine before heading out to get one for them. It could be a bear couple figurine or any other that drives home the point that they were meant to be together. Get a figurine that is great in terms of quality for better durability. It should also not occupy too much space on the counter, but rather just enough to stand out. 

6. A memory jar 

This might also be just the perfect anniversary gift that your parents are expecting. A memory jar is simply a jar that comes with several black tickets where family members get to record some of their best memories as a family. Well, for this one, you can have your parents recording some of their memories as a couple. These tickets can then be viewed later on during family gathering. Depending on your desired design, it is possible to get as creative as possible to make your memory jar stand out. 

7. Pillowcases 

Pillowcases might seem like simple bedroom accessories, but they always go a long way to ensure you have a presentable room. Well, you can change all that by presenting your parents with some of the best pillowcases with personalized messages. These pillowcases can be as stylish as you want depending on the materials used to make them. There is no doubt you would also want to be comfortable to touch and feel. 

8. Statue molding kit 

Statue molding kits are now popular for couples to come up with some memorable statues in their home. Depending on the mold, your parents can create a statue of them holding hands. The process does not take long and it should come out as one of the most romantic activities ever. Your parents will have to simply dip their hands into the molding bucket and let mixture settle. Once it is dry, the statue will emerge as beautiful as ever. It is something they will always look at daily knowing it was one of their best moments. 

9. Flowering tea set 

It is possible to get all romantic with such a gift for your parent’s anniversary. The flowering tea set comes with all the essentials to having a great tea party. If your parents love to enjoy their time this way, then you will definitely make them happy. Such a tea set will have multiple flavors of tea to them to taste multiple varieties of tea. Always go for a set that gives you the best in terms of quality and design. 

10. Matching necklaces 

You can never go wrong when it comes to matching necklaces. They always seem to be the best thing you can give to any couple. The twin necklaces should have personalized messages for your parents. If you get it right, they are unlikely to ever forget wearing the necklaces thanks to the message. Another thing you have to look in such necklaces is that they should be hypoallergenic. They should still be resistant to rust, scratches, and do not fade easily. With many manufacturers available, you can always play around with the different necklace designs to find the best. 

Conclusion 

One thing you always have to remember about anniversary gifts is that the thought that went into getting them matters a lot. They do not necessarily have to be expensive, but rather sentimental. We hope that the list above should give you an idea of what you can do to give your parents the best anniversary gift. 

How to Remove Flow Restrictors from a Moen Shower Head

The water flowing through your taps is not as clean as it looks. It contains impurities that damage showerheads, shower system after long-term use. The problem even amplifies when dealing with hard water. 

Recall, hard water contains calcium, sulfur, bicarbonate, and magnesium carbonate extracts. It is these compounds that cause costly breakdowns to homes and industries. The damage to your Moen shower head is, therefore, inevitable. 

How to Remove Flow Restrictors from a Moen Shower Head

The Moen Shower Head

Showerheads come in different shapes and sizes. They get manufactured from different materials, too. The main shower head types today include:

  • Fixed shower heads
  • Rain showerheads
  • Hand-held shower jets
  • Dual showerheads
  • Filtered shower heads

From the categories outlined above are shower jets from over a dozen brands. The Moen shower head, however, tops the list. It is a device created to deliver clean bathing water at high pressures. Such a shower jet also boasts of its unique design and water-saving capabilities. 

But are you aware there are more Moen showerhead models than you can count? The most prominent ones include:

  • Moen S6320BN velocity two-function 8-inch diameter rainshower shower head brushed nickel
  • Moen 900-002 Flo 1-1/4-inch leak detection smart home water security system, 1.25 to 1.5 inch
  • The Moen 26100SRN engage magnetix 3.5-inch six-function handheld, showerhead

The devices, regardless of their market superiority, remain susceptible to impurity build-ups. Eliminating the dirt, although easy, becomes costly because you must involve the professionals. It is, for this reason, you must learn How to Remove Flow Restrictor from Moen Shower Head yourself. 

Best Practices

Fret not when you sense a loss in water pressure from your Moen showerhead. The chances are that your flow restrictor suffers a clog. But what do you do? Is it a task you can complete solo? As the following guide will show, you can unclog the showerhead by:

Exercising Caution As You Remove the Components

Do not be in a rush. You might damage vital internal components without ever realizing it. Being cautious also helps you memorize how to reassemble the parts. Preferably, you can videotape the process to ensure you hit the mark. 

Detaching the Shower Head from the Wall Mount

A wrench is essential for this stage. But a lot of care is necessary to avoid breaking the head into bits. You must, therefore, place a dry piece of cloth around the showerhead and wall mount joint to shield the component from abrasion. Next, you need to use an adjustable wrench to separate the two by turning the tool counterclockwise.

Extracting Critical Internal Components

Al Moen showerheads have O-ring gaskets. They are highly sensitive components, meaning you should only remove them with your finger. The trick here is to turn the showerhead neck over into the palm and shake it vigorously. Shaking sets the screen loose making O-ring removal easy.

Taking the Flow Restrictor Out

You need a flat-head screwdriver for this step. The tool helps you take out the flat piece of plastic with small perforations out without damage. But you need to be gentle lest you destroy the threads. 

Cleaning the Component

You must clean the flow restrictor before reassembly. Cleaning eliminates impurities that hinder water flow. The result is a useful component that encourages fast water passage. 

Reassembly

You must retrofit all components in their original position. The flow restrictor, for instance, needs re-installing once cleaned. Second, you must re-insert the screen and O-ring gasket gently before replacing the outer cover. 

Installing the Shower Head

Re-installing the Moen showerhead is simple. All you must do is wrap plumber’s tape around the shower arm grooves and screw the piece gently into the wall mount. Do so until you can no longer turn the shower mechanism by hand. 

Once satisfied you can then wrap the dry piece of cloth you used earlier at the joint. Next, you need to take your adjustable wrench, place it on top of the fabric and turn the tool clockwise to tighten the connection. 

Cleaning the Working Area

Last, you need to clean the working area to render the shower closet usable. Besides, you must test the showerhead to ensure it works perfectly. If not, repeat the sequence until you are sure you have eliminated the clog.

Conclusion

The Moen shower head is a superb asset to any home. It improves interior aesthetics and at the same time encourages users to take a bath with minimal water loss. Moreover, the device is excellent for body hygiene. It is cheap, too.

But the device suffers from constant clogging thanks to dirt build-up. The showerhead, under such circumstances, becomes unusable which is why you must learn how to service the flow restrictor yourself. It is a simple experiment provided you adhere to the instructions outlined earlier. 

How to Remove Silicone Caulk from Fiberglass Shower Stall

Shower stalls are a hot-bed for mildew growth. They encourage fungi colonies because of their high moisture content, something that renders the bathroom unsightly. Removing the mildew, however, is an uphill task. Many homeowners, therefore, replace the silicone caulk on their fiberglass shower stalls since it: 

  • Is a cost-friendly solution to mildew growth
  • Eliminates fungal nests from the shower closet for good
  • Fast to administer
  • Does not require a lot of expertise
How to Remove Silicone Caulk from Fiberglass Shower Stall

Tools Needed

Below are the items you need to complete the exercise. 

  • A best pressure washer surface cleaner 
  • A sharp knife 
  • Silicone caulk remover
  • A vacuum cleaner
  • Bleaching agent
  • Silicone-based caulk
  • Alcohol

But there is more on How To Remove Silicone Caulk From Fiberglass Shower Stall. You need to do the magic by:

Removing Soap Scum Using a Surface Cleaner

Soap scum is the solid white or gray layer formed when bathing soap combines with the calcium and magnesium elements in hard water. The scaly build up then affects bathroom aesthetics by encouraging mildew growth. Destroying the colony, therefore, should be your first order of business. You must, with the help of a surface cleaner eliminate the scum to make silicone caulk removal easy. 

Pulling the Old Caulk Out

The silicone-based caulk is soft to the touch. It is also easy to detach using a sharp knife or a silicone caulk remover. Combining the two, however, makes the process effortless. 

Scrubbing Exposed Surfaces Using Alcohol

Scrapping the caulk off the fiberglass is not enough. You must also scrub the exposed areas with lots of alcohol. Doing so eliminates small caulk fragments you might have overlooked.

Vacuuming

Why is a vacuum cleaner important? Vacuuming helps you eliminate old silicone caulk from inaccessible areas. It also leaves you with a clean area; a zone you can apply new silicone caulk on. 

Adding the Bleaching Agent

Excess bleach might damage the metallic parts on your fiberglass shower stall. You must, thus, dilute the bleaching agent with enough water to prevent corrosion. 10% bleach to 90% water ratio gets recommended. 

Next, you need to spray the solution you made onto your working area and let it rest for about five minutes. The solution destroys mildew and mold colonies fast. Last, you must scrub the area with clean water to eliminate the bleaching agent. 

Choosing the Right Product to Use

There are so many products you can use on your fiberglass shower stall, but only the silicone caulk fits the bill. Recall, silicone is soft and dries up fast. Second, it is easy to remove when there is mildew build-up, making the process inexpensive too. 

Applying the Silicone-Based Caulk 

You do not have to be a genius for you to apply the product right. Remember, using a small tipped insertion gives you the desired outcomes. The insertion helps you apply the right amount of material, thus preventing wastage. 

But there is a catch. You must squeeze only 0.6 centimeters of the product onto the vertical and horizontal joints. Moreover, you need to press your fingers against the paste and even out the rough edges. Eliminating the excess paste keeps the area neat and clean. 

Performing a Re-Run

Caulk application is a one time job. Therefore, you must get things right the first time. But how do you achieve the level of perfection you desire?

Performing re-runs helps. It allows you to identify flaws fast, edges that need more caulk application. You can then apply some extra paste onto the identified zones to create a balanced outlook. 

Giving the Worked Up Area Enough Time to Dry

It is best if you apply new silicone caulk on the cleaned-up area fast. Recall, the water used for cleaning keeps the zone damp and thus perfect for caulk installation, and here is why. The dampness helps the product stick to the joints like glue. 

Besides, it ensures that the silicone caulk penetrates deep into joints and crevices. You must, anyhow, give the worked up area enough time to dry after caulk application. A twenty-four-hour window is the most recommended. 

Cleaning the Shower Pod before Use

Last, you need to clean the shower stall before use. Disinfecting the area with clean water and liquid soap safeguards your health. It also makes the fiberglass shower stall accommodating. 

Conclusion

A fiberglass shower pod brings heaven on earth. It allows you to enjoy a hot shower in a glass enclosure, making your bathing space one of a kind. But such a location is a hot-bed for mildew growth. 

It becomes unsightly when mold colonies thrive, with the only solution to your predicament being silicone caulk removal. The article above is, however, an excellent guide on how you can remove old silicone caulk and replace it with fresh paste to make you bathing space friendlier. 

What Is A Safe PSI For Car Wash?

On overall, pressure washers will always come with varying strengths so that you can adapt them to different applications. It is the reason you always have to look at the PSI rating of a model and then determine if it would be great for your car wash applications. 

All the pressure washers will have the PSI information in the product description section so that you can know what you are buying. The operating pressure on the other hand might slightly differ. This one also depends on how you have set up your pressure washer. The type of nozzle also comes in handy to determine how the water is dispersed as it comes out of the spray gun. 

What is its amplified pressure?

To end up with the best car pressure washer, you have to consider comparing several models. One of the things you have to consider is the amplified water pressure. To understand the amplified water pressure, you have to multiply the GPM by the PSI of the unit. This helps you to understand the maximum cleaning power of the pressure washer. 

You still have to consider other factors such as the pressure washer make, its nozzles, and the affordability. 

Important Considerations 

The high pressure of the water can often have damages to your car paint if you are not careful. Let us say your car has some paint scratches and you wash it with very high pressure water. Whenever the water gets under the paint, it will lift off the paint easily. As a result, you will end up with more areas that have damaged paint. 

You are to first do a pressure test of the pressure washer and stand at least two feet away from the car. This makes it possible for you to adjust the pressure before you can get closer to wash the car. You have to take the same caution when working with dents on your car. 

Expected Pressure

The good thing about washing cars is that you never have to use high pressures all the time. It is recommended that you use pressure ranging from 1400 to 2100 PSI. Also, the pressure washers designed for home use will have a GPM of 1.5 making them good for water efficiency. Even with a minimum pressure of 1400 PSI, you would still be able to wash the stubborn grime and debris. 

You should find most manufacturers detailing the kind of pressure you can achieve with their models. This helps you choose a model that will be ideal for cash wash and other applications. Always pick a model that has a working pressure over 1400PSI. This makes it convenient in the sense that you can switch between different pressure options depending on their use. 

Minimum Pressure 

When you are looking to clean your car, some people often opt for the low pressures such as 900 PSI. This type of pressure tends to be ineffective to some applications. It is the reason we recommend you go for a pressure washer with 1400 PSI or higher. This is when the water pressure starts to make a difference. The lower pressure washers also sometimes tend to have poor durability and also the power to deliver quality performance. 

Recommendations for nozzles

For those looking to end up with the best pressure washer nozzle, start with a 25-degree nozzle. This type of nozzle will provide the best pressure and nozzle angle to clean grime and dirt off the car. It is the minimum type of nozzle you should consider. If you are going for moderate pressure, consider going for the 300 and 400 nozzles. 

Another great consideration would be the foam cannon. This attachment would largely help with covering the car with a dense and penetrating foam. This helps to get rid of the dirt and grime from the surface. 

Safety Considerations 

Whenever you are looking to end up with the best car wash pressure washer, always consider the PSI rating, GPM, and nozzle type. The nozzle might always be overlooked, but it also ensures that the right amount pressure is delivered to the car’s surface. When washing, point your nozzle towards the ground to help with clearing the grime with ease and avoid chipping your paint. With the best pressure washer, cleaning your car just got easier. 
Read more: The Best Pressure Washer Size for Cleaning Concrete

The Best Pressure Washer Size for Cleaning Concrete

Cleaning of concrete surfaces can always take a lot of time and hard work depending on the location. It is possible that your driveways, patios, and garage floors can get all dirty and grimy and only the use of pressure washer can help in cleaning the surface. A pressure washer with the right pressure and size will help cut down the time in half or even more. 

People commonly use water from their garden hose to help with cleaning their driveways. What you need to know is that the pressure washer will have up to 60 times pressure than your regular garden hose. This should be more incentive for you to switch to using a pressure washer rather than a garden hose. 

Today, pressure washers can be either electric or gas-powered. The electric models are often cheaper and would cost a lot less when it comes to maintenance. With an average cost of $150, it should be easy to see why most people go for it. 

If you want more power, then you have to consider the gas-powered models. They can be expensive, but they will have more applications thanks to the pressure they can generate. 

Most electric models can have an average of 1300 to 1700 PSI pressure delivery with a flow rate of 1.5GPM. As you can see, they will be efficient in terms of water use. To help with cleaning a large surface of concrete floor effectively, then you need a pressure washer that delivers 2000 to 3000 PSI and a flow rate of 2.5 GPM. 

When it comes to using gas-powered models, you will also find them coming in various sizes. The small models with have a pressure delivery of 2000 to 2800 PSI and a flow rate of 2.8 GPM. The larger models on the other hand will have 3000 to 4000 PSI and a flow rate of 4 GPM. You have to understand that having more pressure with the pressure washer does not always mean it is better. These pressure washers can damage the hard surfaces in your home if you use the incorrect pressure. 

For home use, having a small gas-powered washer should be enough to help you with the cleaning process. The larger pressure washers on the other hand can be good for fast cleaning, but they can be too strong for other cleaning applications. 

When looking for the best pressure washer, you have to also look at the right nozzle and other important accessories. These might have to be purchased separately depending on other applications you might want to use with the same pressure washer. For cleaning concrete, you will need accessories such as a nozzle that delivers a fine spray, a strong spray, a low pressure nozzle for applying the detergent, and a wide-angle nozzle for sweeps. 

It would be great if you talk to a professional to help you understand which model would be best for you. Talk to the store owner to help you choose the right model if you decide to buy from a traditional store close to you. 

A Simple Guide to Adjusting the Unloader Valve on Pressure Washers

Pressure washers are common in many homes today. This is because they help with removing the dirt and grime with ease compared to some other methods you might have used before. If you end up with the right pressure washer, cleaning just got easier. To make this happen, the unloader valve on your pressure washer should be within the right setting. 

It might not be the simplest thing to handle, but today we try to simplify it. Let us look at what the unloader valve is all about and how you can achieve the best settings below. 

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So, why is an unloader valve important?

Before you can even start with the process on how to set the unloader valve, first you need to understand its purpose. Well, an unloader valve is simply a pressure regulator for your pressure washer. It will ensure that it directs the flow of water into the pumps. It also helps the water get through the pressure washer so that it can come out of the spray gun at the desired pressure. 

Whenever you are not spraying the water from the gun, this unloader valve will redirect this water to a safe pressure outlet. By doing this, it will be circulating through the washer pumps and get the water ready for use again when you start using the spray gun. 

Why you need to adjust the unloader valve 

The pressure level range for most pressure washers can be quite high. Some will have up to 3500PSI in terms of pressure delivery capability. Such pressure might not be ideal for some applications such as washing your car. For this reason, it would be great to regulate the pressure to a point where it is safe for your given application. 

The flooring systems would need higher pressures so that the embedded grime and dirt can come off easily. It is always a good idea to try the pressure washer on a small area before going all out to use it for cleaning the whole area. Having a sudden spike in pressure can always be dangerous and can also damage the surface or worse hurt someone. 

Having the unloader valve correctly adjusted will help a lot for those who need to use the pressure washer for multiple applications. It is possible to use the unloader valve to adjust the pressure so that you can wash the car windows, body, and tires at different pressures. As you can see, having a pressure washer with the correctly adjusted unloader valve makes it quite versatile. 

Process of Adjusting the Unloader Valve 

Now that you know more about the unloader valve, it is about time we moved on to how to adjust it. Depending on the pressure washer, the process is always relatively the same. As much as there might be some slight differences, you should always find it possible to make the adjustments. 

Procedure 

  • When you have to adjust the valve, keep the motor of the washer running. Always make sure it is set to the right rpm. Normally, it would be 3700 before having a load and then 3400 when loaded. 
  • You can now remove the nylon insert lock that is on the unloader valve. Proceed to shut off the knob for adjusting the pressure. 
  • This is then followed by removing the spring and washer. This leaves you with a threaded piston rod, which contains two lock nuts. 
  • Get yourself a wrench to lock these two nuts up to three threads from the bottom. Once you are done, put the washer, but, and spring as they were before. 
  • Proceed to clip the pressure between the pump and pressure hose in a way that allows to see them whenever you adjust the knob or trigger the gun. 
  • At this point, let out the air from the gun and then proceed to turn on the water to flow. 
  • While keeping an eye on the washer gauge, start to tighten the spring. You need to observe the flow of water until you reach the point when the maximum pressure of the gun is engaged. When you let go the trigger, it is expected that the pressure spike would be around six to nine percent. If that is not the case, keep adjusting until you get it close enough. This is the ideal point and you should stop adjusting. 
  • Once you have the right adjustment, you can now go ahead to place the spring, washer and knob. Check again the gauge just to ensure you are getting the right readings. 
  • Finally, you can now screw the nylon lock nut back to its position and cap back onto the adjusting knob. 

Conclusion 

As you can see, the process does not have to be hard. With a few adjustments, it should be possible to enjoy using the pressure washer. You can always follow the manufacturer’s guide if they have given you the process on how to adjust the unloader valve.