Monday, July 31, 2006

Government in Your Bathroom

I remember a discussion not too long ago on Scaggsville about how the federal government actually regulates the flow of shower heads so that the maximum rate that water can spew out is 2.5 gallons per minute. To the lay person, that sure sounds like a ton of water, until of course, you go to Home Depot to buy a replacement shower head only to find out that your water pressure is far less than your old model, like I did.

Man I was pissed. I mean I just dumped $30 on a nice Delta faucet (Victorian Series), threw some Teflon tape on the threads, and screwed it on tight fully expecting this faucet to have the strength to knock out walls. Instead, only 3 out of the 5 "spray" functions worked because the damn thing was so stingy on the water. Then I remembered Scaggsville...an article back in the day that explained how you could...how should I put it - "enlighten" your shower head so the Gods of water will rain down on you like the chaos and disorder that you deserve.

After some searching, I found this random page (linked above). Not sure if this was featured on Scaggsville, but nevertheless helpful. I ripped that faucet off the wall, dug into its innards until I found a plastic "restrictor" behind the wire mesh that keeps all that nice stuff from clogging your shower head. The bastards at Delta actually found a way to blend plastic into metal because as much as I tried, I couldn't pull this "restrictor" out...so...enter plan B. Plan B involved the use of a hammer and a flat-head screwdriver nicely placed square in the center of this "restrictor." All it took was one shot by this hammer and BAM we have flow. Full flow. Flow that the government doesn't want you to have.


Blogger ZooooM said...

Atta boy!

12:28 AM  
Blogger Kid Handsome said...

That right there is the Scaggsville spirit. You know, it's what we used to call the American Spirit.

1:03 PM  

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