Looking for the Best Rainfall Showerhead

When vacationing in Florida, my daughters family and mine rented a high-end beach home. Rarely do we do that- usually my choice is a simple no-frills condo close to the beach. But this time was different and I was introduced to the luxury of a rainfall shower head.

I decided I wanted one, and now is the time to fulfill that desire.

There are plenty of them available, but my experience with poorly working shower heads that get clogged or deliver a poor excuse of a stream has me “gun shy”.

Looking over reviews has me considering this one:

Moen Premium Shower Head

In comes in beautiful color choices, seen here.

What I like about the Moen S6320 Velocity rainshower:

  • Has both a high pressure and a gentle rainfall mode
  • Several color choices, and very highly rated by many sources
  • A lifetime guarantee

The drawback for me are that I might want a larger shower head surface, 8 inches is moderate for this type of design.

Also, since the one I experienced in Florida was mounted from the ceiling and this one is mounted on the wall ( which I am restricted to due to plumbing considerations), the other brands which feature an adjustable arm might be the better choice.

But the bottom line for a plumbing fixture like this is water delivery. I wouldn’t trade looks, adjustable arms or any other asset with good water delivery.

Other Contenders

Top contender right now ( I am seriously considering this one), is a new  company product by Artbath.

Reasons to like it:

  • Great raters by buyers
  • Very stylish and comes with the arm
  • Good water delivery stream reported by users
  • Large 12″ head

Next in Line

I find that a handheld is necessary: reaching to clean and rinse the bath and filling mop buckets. some of the rain-style shower heads are sold with a partner handheld device.

After that, I’m considering  the report on another brand, Hansgrohe Raindance; it claims to have the feel of a much more powerful flow due to air technology.

That is a feature that moves this choice to the forefront.

Now…. I just have to make my final choice and Handyman can install it for me.

 

Do you have preferences/ experience with this type of fixture?

D-I-Y Mushroom Factor, F-Y-I

The Little Project That Grew

Every home remodeler and renovator runs into it at some time, the dreaded mushrooming of a simple project into the monster money pit.

It is what you come to expect when working on an old house project.

This is not about fungus- at least not in that way. It is about DIY projects and how they magically grow, but not in a good way.

One of the most common complications of a do it yourself project, especially when remodeling an old house, is the Mushroom Factor. If you own an old house, or if you are considering buying one, even one that you think will only take a few simple projects. —Welcome to the Mushroom Factor Zone—

Even simple remodeling jobs on newer construction can find the job mushrooming right before their very eyes. Now of course, we are not talking about the cute as a button fungus that we see growing at the bottom of the garden, instead we are talking about something that grows like that: that mushrooms, the verb….

Old Houses Sprout the Mushroom Factor Most Readily

My husband and I have chosen to live in old houses. We bought a fixer upper more than twenty years ago and it never ceased from demanding that we “fix it”. That is OK, because I like the character and history of an old house, but my husband, resident handyman here, is a bit frustrated with the mushroom factor of it.

It is time to paint the house again, and that is normal maintenance for any homeowner, but what he found was that moisture has been doing damage to the wood siding of the house. It is most problematic under a couple windows. So in order to paint the house, should there be a temporary fix to the siding? Or should we just “bite the bullet” and replace the siding? And since it is an old house, that type of siding is no longer sold. So the whole side of the house might need replacement.

That, my friends, is how the mushroom factor works… no longer is there one simple job… it is multiple jobs springing from multiple sources….

What would you choose to do in this case? ( And saying “Move” is not an acceptable answer…. for now).

lurking in old houses

It Crops Up Unexpectedly

usually found in older homes

Now that you have some idea of what is entailed in the mushroom factor, it is time to delve into the nuts and bolts of the occurrence of it, the part and parcel, the name of the game, the meat and potatoes of this stew we might find ourselves in. When one starts a new construction, theoretically at least, the building can go along logically and in an orderly way…. following standard procedures with standard measurements. In other words, one knows what to expect of the work and estimates the outcome fairly accurately. Theoretically. However, the older the house is, or the more people have decided to “do things” to it, the more complicated a job can become. enter… the Mushroom Factor.

The variables are countless, in each case unique situations and needs for materials arises. There are possibilities that something has been done poorly, or has gotten rotten, and then several new jobs spring up before the intended job can be begun. It is that proliferation of new little jobs, or some rather large ones, that defines whether you are looking at the mushroom factor in action. It can involve new consultations, plans, experts, materials, any number of things…. and it extends the time and the efforts, not to mention the costs of what the job was originally figured to entail.

It seems to crop up in old houses and anything that was purchased with the moniker “Fixer-upper”. Just so you know. I am not trying to discourage anyone from getting the home of their dreams for a song and then fixing it up. I am just saying “forewarned is forearmed”, and telling you what the mysterious mushroom factor is in the meantime.

Thwart the Mushroom Factor – Be Prepared -for anything!

Get some good remodeling advice and keep your books handy. Get good quality tools, too, while you are at it.

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Rule of Thumb

Have you estimated the time and money that this project is going to cost? Add half again, or no…make that double just to be safe if you are new at this.

Do not underestimate how nuts the previous owner of the house may have been.

You are about to enter…. – The Mushroom Factor

mood music for the home remodeling Twilight Zone

Mushroom factor

A correlation of Murphy’s Law

The Mushroom Files – You Will Believe,Believe Me

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    My remodeling blog- I know whereof I speak
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    The old house renovation magazine where the term was made famous.
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Expert Advice is Your Best Defense – a home remodeling book will help

The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling, 3rd Edition

The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling, 3rd Edition

For All the Handymen

Remember: If the women don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy. -Red Green

The Mushroom Factor: Advice from The Experts

My Own Stories

Coming up next…. I have a lot of them ( most are borrowed from my husband – the Handyman). I publish them in this old house blog.

You should always put your writing on the wall right before you seal it up forever (or until the next remodeler comes along).

Anyway, I’d love to hear your stories of encountering the Mushroom Factor in your own remodeling ventures.

Tell me about it.

Leveling floors & ceilings in 120 year old farm house.

First…A little history.

Back in 1985 my wife and I and our 5 children (at the time) purchased an old farm house out in the country that was built in stages beginning in 1894.  We had lived in the city and felt it would be a good idea to move to the country.  Anyway, after about a year of looking at “out in the country” properties, we found this one.  I liked it at first sight.  Being young and strong (but not overly bright), I underestimated what I was getting into in regards to the amount of work and money this place needed.  But, like I said, when you are young, there is that feeling of invincibility…that feeling of “Yea, I can do that…piece of cake”.  Kinda’ like that saying “ask a teenager, they know everything”.

Anyway, I am not complaining.  I have actually enjoyed my life here and the work I have put into the place.  There is a sense of pride and accomplishment when you step back and say “wow, was I really able to do that!”  I really enjoy the projects (once I start them).  One of my biggest struggles is getting started.  Often I will come up with reasons why a particular project is too hard (too expensive, beyond my skill level, too busy…whatever).  But, after my wife plants the seed in my head, and after all my initial resistance, I begin to mull it over, research it, ask lots of questions…then I get started.

This old house was an obvious, very rundown, handyman special.  It had very minimal electricity, no heat, no insulation, sagging floors & ceilings, and many other shortfalls.  In order to get the bank to even give us a mortgage on the place we had to first upgrade the electric to a 200A service in order to install necessary heating. 

Over the 28 years we have been here, the projects have been many…and ongoing.

I often tell people that I live in the projects.

My latest project has been to finally tackle one last unfinished room in the house.  This is an upstairs bedroom with a seriously sagging floor and ceiling along with failing plaster.  The floor & ceiling both sagged about 4″ to the center of the room in a saucer like manner.  If you placed a marble anywhere along the perimeter it would quickly roll to the center.

Tomorrow, I will explain the reasons behind the bowed floor along with how I dealt with it.  Until then…

Pictures of the upstairs bedroom project