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27 September 2007 @ 01:42 pm
My shower exploded this morning :( I turned it on and noticed that there was some water spraying out the back of the head where it connected to the pipe, so i tried rotating the head a little to see if it would make a difference and the whole thing popped off :(

It turns out that the shower head attaches by a ball joint, so i tried shoving it back on which seemed to work, except that water was still spraying out the back, even more this time, and it popped off again almost immediately. After looking at it a little closer it turned out there were several cracks running lengthwise along the back on the part that was supposed to grip the ball joint. When the water was turned on all the way the pressure would force the bits apart along cracks and it wouldn't be able to grip the joint anymore.

The _easy_ temporary solution to this would be to reduce the water pressure, it worked reasonably well, or at least didn't fly off the pipe, when the flow was only a fraction of the max. However this shower is one of that wonderful kind where there is only a single twisty knob. Starting from zero to about halfway around you get cold water of steadily increasing pressure. After you pass the halfway point the pressure stays the same but the water goes gradually from cold to hot.

So until it gets fixed i can either take cold showers, try to hold the shower head on by force (which i can usually do for about 30 seconds or a minute at a time before the pressure pops it off again and i have to turn the water off, jam the head back on, and turn the shower back on) try to shower under the narrow high pressure stream that gets emitted without the shower head to split the stream and reduce the pressure, or give up and take a bath instead. This morning i did a little bit of the repeatedly reattaching the shower head and using the unmoderated stream straight from the pipe. By the time i was done of course the rest of the bathroom was soaked =P

I saw the manager on my way out of the apartment this morning so i let her know about the issue and she said she'd _try_ to get it fixed today, but that she was rather busy and she might not have time for it right away.

Lots of fun =P
Current Mood: amusedamused and annoyed
Steven DeFordwillworker on September 27th, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
Two options:

1) Get your own shower head and some pipe sealing tape and just replace it yourself. It's not terribly hard.

2) Duct tape. Lots of duct tape.

DonAithnendonaithnen on September 28th, 2007 01:06 am (UTC)
That sounds easy in theory, but i don't think i'm going to have time to stop by the hardware store and pick stuff up by the time i can reasonably have expected the manager to fix it.
Spazure's Old Journalspazure_archive on September 28th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC)
Perhaps not, but you could pick out one of those cool ones that has like a million settings and plays a radio, too. Why are bathrooms always the only room in a house to never get geeked out?? /sob
cwendy41cwendy41 on September 28th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)
I hope your manager is around to fix things over the weekend. If I were you, I'd be pissed if she weren't.

And I suppose duct tape would always work too :-p
cwendy41cwendy41 on September 28th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC)
Oops, I thought today was Friday. If I were you, I'd be pissed if she didn't fix it tomorrow.