Drilling through Your Problems

The new bathroom is officially finished and open for business. It turned out very nicely, with a tiled shower, heated floors, and a built in cabinet. I’m very pleased with it, and it’s a big bonus to have it right by my bedroom. No more stairs needed to go to the bathroom at night? What a world we live in!

The one down side of the new bathroom was the new shower head. Our one downstairs puts out a good, strong stream of water. The new one proclaimed proudly that it would do the same thing, but when it came time for us to actually use it . . . the stream left quite a bit to be desired. I don’t like having to wait for forever for the shampoo to rinse out of my hair. (First world problem, I know.)

So I talked to my contractor to see if he had any suggestions about what style of shower head we should get instead. He looked at the one we have, took it apart, and pointed to a piece of plastic sealed on the inside rim. “If you drilled this out, it’ll either break your shower head or fix your problem.”

“Do you really think I should do that?” I asked.

He shrugged. “The shower head doesn’t work for you now. You’ll have to pay at least $40 or $60 for a different one, and it’s not like you’ll be able to sell this one. Worth a shot, isn’t it?”

So I grabbed my drill, guessed at the bit size, hesitated one more time, and commenced drilling.

Layer after layer of plastic sheared away. Green plastic. Black plastic. White plastic. Some kind of rubber seal. I was sure we’d just ruined the whole thing. Finally we got through to clear space on the other side of the plastic barrier. We took the shower head, reattached it, and turned on the shower.

A strong jet of water came out. Plenty of water, in a nice spray, just like I wanted.

Shower head: fixed.

A helpful reminder that sometimes the direct route is the easiest, cheapest, and all around best way to solving a problem. Have a great weekend, all!


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