Replacing a Shower Head

by Ashley Horne

Replacing a showerhead may seem like quite the challenge, but it is actually fairly easy. It’s a great project for an empowered woman to take on and is relatively inexpensive.

Shower Head

For this project you will need a pair of pliers and a wrench. You will also need to go to any home improvement store and purchase a new shower head. You want to make sure you get one that has all the attributes for which you are searching. Be careful to examine the different characteristics of each, find a style you like and a price that matches your budget. While at the store, purchase pipe joint compound as well. Once you have these tools and supplies, you’re ready to start your project!

First, you will want to remove the old shower head. Have your wrench and pliers handy. You will need to unscrew the old showerhead from the pipe. Take your wrench and get a good grip around the fitting of the showerhead. Often times a buildup of gunk has formed underneath the fitting so be prepared to put some elbow grease into the removal of the shower head. If you have no luck removing the shower head with the wrench, try using your pliers. A wide mouth pair of pliers will be best for this task.

Once you have removed the shower head, you’ll want to wipe away any corrosion that can be found on the threads of the water pipe. Then, apply some pipe joint compound to the end of the water pipe. Screw the new showerhead onto the water pipe by hand at first. When you can’t tighten the showerhead any more use the wrench to tighten the fitting. You will only need to tighten the fitting about a quarter turn. Then turn the water on and continue to tighten a quarter turn until there are no leaks.

The final step in this project should be to try it out! Changing your shower head is as simple as that!

Installing a Chair Rail

by Ashley Horne

Ever since we moved into our home in 2007, I wanted to install a chair rail to our dining room. Our dining room is excessively large and I thought it would do well with a décor based around such an addition. The following are the steps I took to successfully install our chair rail.

Chair Rail

First, measure the length of the walls in the entire room to determine the amount of chair rail that will need to be purchased. Then determine where you want to place the rail. Typical rails are placed about 1/3 of the way up the wall from the floor. For example, if your wall is 9’ high your rail would be 3’ off the floor. Next, use a ruler and level to make a straight line across the length of the walls.

You will then want to mark and cut the molding. Starting at an inside corner, door frame or window frame you want to make a square, 90 degree cut. For any corners a 45 degree angle should be used. If possible, only one piece of molding should be used for each stretch of wall. If you need to use two pieces of molding on one stretch of wall, the pieces must be mitered together to make a clean seam. The pieces should be cut at a 45 degree angle to make a seamless joint.

Once all the pieces are cut start to attach the pieces at an inside corner. To attach each piece you must use wood glue, a pneumatic nailer and 2 ½” finishing nails. The bottom edge of the molding should align with the line that was drawn on the wall. The nails should be inserted in the highest parts of the molding to prevent splitting and should align (one on top of the other).

To complete the project, recess the nails into the molding. Cover the holes with a little bit of wood filler and then lightly sand all surfaces. You should use a bead of caulk to fill in the gap between where the molding touches the wall. Finally, use a paint or stain to finish the job. A chair rail is such an easy way to complete a room!