The “ShowerStick” by WaterSticks – Installation Instructions
Note: All male threaded fittings are wrapped with plumber’s tape. If it has come unraveled, wrap it back around to ensure a good seal without leakage.
*Please watch our Installation Video while installing your ShowerStick for very helpful visual instructions. We follow along step-by-step with the written instructions to make it very easy for you to install your ShowerStick by yourself – no need to hire anyone! https://watersticks.com/video-library
- Remove Old Shower Head
Unscrew by hand counterclockwise or with a tool if needed (add a rag under the tool to protect the finish). Remove all old plumber’s tape from pipe (wire brush may be needed) then wipe clean with rag. Inspect the pipe’s male threads closely to be sure they aren’t damaged from previously used tools. This is important to ensure the ShowerStick assembly gets a good secure connection. Please contact us with any questions. Add new plumber’s tape (included) to the pipe’s threads clockwise 4x around to prevent leakage.
- Attach the Shower Arm Mount (“Mount”)
The mount comes with an angle connector attached to the bottom of it. Be sure the black washer is up inside the end of the mount and is flat. Attach the mount to your pipe BY HAND (no tools) AND JUST SNUG – OVERTIGHTENING WILL BREAK THE FITTING. Note: The center joint of the mount shouldn’t be unscrewed. It can be loosened in order to angle it how you want it, but it needs to be re-tightened afterwards.*Note: If you purchased the optional Offset Connector or KDF Filter, please see page 2.
- Attach the ShowerStick Body
While holding the mount steady (or the KDF filter or Offset Connector if purchased), screw the ShowerStick body into the bottom of the Angle Connector BY HAND AND JUST SNUG – DON’T OVERTIGHTEN. Face the regeneration port towards you or to the side where you enter the shower.
- Attach the Regeneration Port Cap to the Regeneration Port
- Attach the Shower Hose
Be sure the black washers are up inside each end of the hose and are lying flat. While holding the ShowerStick body steady, attach one end of the hose to the bottom of the ShowerStick body – hand tighten only (it won’t screw all the way up the threads). Remove the black washer from the other end of the hose then point that end towards the drain, turn on the water and let it run for 1 minute. Re-insert the black washer.
- Attach the Shower Head
Attach the head to the hose then place the head in the mount.
To clean and loosen up the resin, backwash it yearly.
(See “FAQs” on our website for instructions.)
Seal up openings so air won’t get inside & keep full of water. See our website’s FAQs page for detailed instructions.
Parts & Accessories:
All parts in the ShowerStick assembly are available on our website’s Store page.
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How to Regenerate:
1. Remove the regeneration port cap and gently place the shower head on your shower floor to allow the water to drain (takes about 1 minute).
2. Prepare your salt water solution. Using an empty 1-liter water or soft drink bottle, pour 1 cup granulated (fine grain) table salt (plain or iodized) into the bottle (a funnel can be used) and fill with cold or warm tap water. Shake well until the salt is dissolved.
*Note: If you’d prefer to salt with no additives, look for Morton’s Canning & Pickling Salt.
Tip: Coarse grain salts such as softening salt, rock salt, sea salt, kosher salt, and potassium chloride should not be used since they won’t dissolve completely in the water and therefore won’t thoroughly regenerate the resin.
Tip: Draw a line on the bottle to show where the one cup of salt came up to so you don’t have to measure the salt again in the future.
3. With the shower head still on the floor, slowly (don’t use a funnel) pour your salt water solution into the regeneration port. If the salt water backs up while pouring it inside, give it a few seconds to drain out. If salt is left at the bottom of the bottle undissolved, add more tap water to the bottle, shake, then pour inside. The more the salt is dissolved, the better job it will do to regenerate the resin.
4. Once all the salt water flows out through the shower head and down the drain, put the shower head back up in the MOUNT and re-attach the REGENERATION PORT CAP. (Use your bath towel to tighten the last notch if it’s easier.)
5.. Turn the water on and let it run for 15-30 seconds to fill the ShowerStick back up with water (to keep the resin moist) and to rinse the residual salt through the resin to finish the regeneration process. You now have soft water again and can take a shower whenever you’d like.
Tip: Since soaps and shampoos lather better in soft water, you can use about 50% less of them now! For example, you can pour half a bottle of shampoo into another similar size container, fill both with soft water and shake. You now half 2 bottles of shampoo!
When to Regenerate:
You don’t need to regenerate your ShowerStick prior to its first use. How often you regenerate depends on your water hardness, the duration of each shower and your water pressure. After installing the ShowerStick, use the test kit and you’ll see that you now have soft water (1-3 drops/grains). Repeat this process after each shower and when the test kit shows your water is no longer soft, you’ll know it’s time to regenerate. Then you’ll know how many showers you can take before needing to regenerate again in the future. (Note: Don’t test the water right after regenerating – the salt still inside from regenerating will test as a mineral so the salt needs to be flushed out first for at least 2 minutes). At what point you choose to regenerate is up to your personal preference. Some people who have skin disorders may regenerate at 3-4 grains while others are fine regenerating at 6 grains.
(Water hardness in grains: Soft = 0-3, Moderately Hard = 3-7, Hard = 7-10, Very Hard = 10-14, Extremely Hard = 14+)
Installing your KDF Shower Filter (if purchased)
*For visual KDF filter installation instructions, please watch our video! https://watersticks.com/video-library
- Clean off any KDF media on the exterior & be sure the washer is pushed up flat inside the female end.
- Wrap plumber’s tape clockwise 7x around the male threaded end to prevent leakage. Don’t skip this step!
- Attach the male threaded end (faces upward) onto the Angle Connector (or to the Offset Connector if purchased) by hand (no tools) just snug. DON’T OVERTIGHTEN or it will break. The female end (with washer) attaches to the top of the ShowerStick.
(See our video for detailed visual instructions.) Replace yearly. Continue to step #3 on page 1.
Installing your OFFSET CONNECTOR (if purchased)
This isn’t needed if you have a bathtub/shower combo but it may be needed if you have a stall shower with a center mounted single lever water control knob that’s mounted high. It’ll offset the ShowerStick 4″ to the right or left so it won’t hang in front of and block the water control knob. Includes 4 fittings (attached), nylon zip tie and suction cup.
(The suction cup keeps the ShowerStick hanging vertically, it doesn’t support the weight of the ShowerStick.)
1. Remove the angle connector from the shower arm mount and replace it with the offset connector.
2. Continue to step 3-6 on page 1.
3. Place the suction cup on the wall behind the lower end of the ShowerStick so it’ll hang straight down then add the nylon tie through the hole in the suction cup and around the ShowerStick to keep it in place.
NOTE: If your shower wall is not smooth and the SUCTION CUP will not stick properly, apply some clear silicone around the outside edge (vs the middle) of the SUCTION CUP then position it (surface should be clean and dry). Let the silicone dry overnight before attaching the nylon tie.
Installing your FLOW CONTROL VALVE (if purchased)
This valve allows you to stop or reduce the flow of water to a trickle while soaping, shampooing or shaving. This is a great way to conserve your soft water in order to extend the interval between regenerating. When you push the button back to the other side, the water will resume to the pressure and temperature you had originally set it to. To install the flow control valve attach it between the shower head and hose.