I'm here today to show you the difference in performance in the high pressure shower heads. It's between the fire hydrant shower head and three well known hi-flow competitors. I didn't modify anything, I didn't change anything. It's the same as they came from the manufacturer in the package. I tested them all at the exact same water pressure. I started with a non-adjustable type and the spray was very soft. Not alot of spashing when I put my hand close to it. It's just a luosey high pressure shower head.
The next one I tried was double the price. Again, the shower was not going too far to the back. It's provided just a single soft spray, despite being more expensive. The third shower head I purchased was even more expensive! There was nothing in the middle and it was just another soft spray. This makes getting the shampoo out of the hair very difficult indeed. Next, I tried the Super Power high flow high pressure shower head and it was so powerful I couldn't even hold my hand to close without getting a powerful, strong spray. All of the high pressure shower heads that I tested testing were done at the exact same water pressure. What a difference a different unit makes!
Water shortages are quite a big concern in some cities, but how can you help? Yes, you could shorten your shower time, but you might also want to take a look at the Nebia. It uses 70% less water than a typical high pressure shower head by atomizing water into millions of very little droplets. I'm not a plumber but I'll try and explain what was told to me by a plumber regarding water pressure. The further away your from the main line the less pressure you have, the closer you are the more pressure you have. If your too close to the main line then you run the risk of blowing out your plumbing fittings so they outfit regulators to houses to decrease the pressure. This Old House installed a model on the Auburn dale house that had 3 flow settings, somewhere near 2.5/2.0/1.5 or something like that. Could be nice to get the GPM when you need it, and conserve water when you don't. It's pretty tricky indeed... it's held by water pressure, so the moment you turn off the water, it kicks back to the 1.5 setting.
Remember the old episode of Seinfeld called "the showerhead?" Brilliance through simplicity and irony is the hallmark of this series' appeal. I made a humorous remark recently on my family's experience with low water pressure in the showers of our home. Of course, this episode immediately came up with a person in the conversation recommending the, you guessed it, "Commando 450." That's why I went to look for this on YouTube. It's uncanny how Seinfeld, even after being off 15 years, resonates in our lexicon (e.g., "master of my domain," "low-talker," "close-talker," "re-gifter") and daily conversations.
My favorite quote from the episode:
"Look at you, you're disgusting. You're bald, you're paunchy. All kinds of sounds are emanating from your body twenty-four hours a day.
If there's a woman that can take your presence for more than ten consecutive seconds, you should hang on to her like grim death... which is not far off by the way.
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