It raises the shower head an additional six or seven inches, which is just enough to fit my noggin under the spray. I now do this for all the showers in all of the places where I am going to live for more than a few days. It takes less than five minutes and makes a noticeable difference when taking a shower. (Unless you are tiny, in which case you might not notice a difference beyond being unable to change the spray setting without a step ladder.) If you're a little bit tall and a little bit handy, get out your crescent wrench and teflon tape 'cause we're about to change some lives.
(I actually already did this in the shower I use every day. But we have a guest shower that I hadn't taken the trouble to fix previously. But we've got guests coming in a couple of weeks, so I thought it would be nice if they could shampoo their heads. Because Benji Franklin says that fish and guests smell after three days. Not my guests. Not after this project.)
Step 1: Gather materials
- "S" pipe
- new shower head (optional, but why not upgrade?)
- teflon tape
- crescent wrench (or something to remove the old pipe nipple)
- toothbrush (to clean the old fittings)
Step 2: Remove old fittings
Now that you've taken out the old nipple, there will be some leftover teflon tape and maybe some unidentified crusty bits on the female pipe fitting in the wall of the shower. Use your (old, gross, no longer in use) toothbrush to remove what you can.
Step 3: Install new fittings
Now stick on your shower head. Screw it into place over the teflon tape. Aim it where you will be standing during a shower.
*Full disclosure, team, I forgot to put the donut disk on the wall before inserting the pipe. I ended up having to thread it on from the shower head end of the S. Oops. And once it got to the wall, it wouldn't sit nicely. So I glued it in place with some Loctite indoor/outdoor I had on hand from another project. Just thought you should know.