The “ShowerStick” by WaterSticks – Installation Instructions

Note: All male fittings are wrapped with plumber’s tape. If it has come unraveled, wind it back around the fitting prior to installation to ensure a good seal without leakage.
Note: Please watch our ShowerStick Installation Video for helpful step-by-step visual instructions:

Installation Instructions:
1. Remove your old shower head with your hands (or with pliers if it’s too tightly attached) by turning it counterclockwise. If using pliers, wrap a rag around the shower pipe to protect the finish. Remove old plumber’s tape from the shower pipe threads and use a rag to wipe the threads clean. Then apply new plumber’s tape (included) to the threads to avoid leakage.
2. You’ll see that we’ve attached the ANGLE CONNECTOR to the SHOWER ARM MOUNT (“MOUNT”). Remove the tape from the MOUNT, push the washer up inside then attach it to the shower pipe by hand (no tools) and just snug – over tightening will break the fitting. (Note: the mount should not be taken apart at the center joint but it can be loosened in order to angle it how you want it for your shower head. Be sure to re-tighten the center joint if you’ve loosened it.)
NOTE: If you purchased the optional OFFSET CONNECTOR, KDF FILTER or FLOW CONTROL VALVE, see next page.
3. Screw the SHOWERSTICK BODY (with the WaterStick label at the top) into the bottom of the ANGLE CONNECTOR (by hand and just snug) so the regeneration port is facing you.
4. Screw the end of the SHOWER HOSE with the grey 1/2” close nipple screwed inside it into the bottom of the SHOWERSTICK BODY hand tight only (it won’t screw all the way up the threads).
5. The other end of the SHOWER HOSE has a black washer taped inside. Remove the tape, push the washer up inside then attach the SHOWER HEAD (hand tight only). Place the SHOWER HEAD in the MOUNT.
6. Attach the white REGENERATION CAP to the regeneration port (above the WaterSticks label).
7. Prior to first use, run water through the ShowerStick for a few minutes to flush the softening resin of the ‘color throw’ (brownish-red) on the resin beads from the manufacturing process. 

To clean and loosen up the resin, backwash it yearly.
(See “FAQs” on our website for instructions.)

For instructions regarding how to store your ShowerStick, see “FAQs” on our website.

Parts & Accessories:
All individual parts to the ShowerStick are available on our website’s Shop 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.
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!

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+)

Optional Accessories:

Installing your KDF Shower Filter (if purchased)

1. Set the blue reminder ring to the current month so you’ll know when to replace the filter the following year.
2. Make sure the black rubber washer is pushed up inside the bottom end (female end).
3. Make sure the plumber’s tape is still securely wrapped around the threads on the top end (male end).
4. Screw the male end into the ANGLE CONNECTOR (or the OFFSET CONNECTOR if purchased) by hand (no tools) and barely snug – over tightening will break off the threads.
5. Screw the SHOWERSTICK BODY (with the WaterSticks label at the top) into the bottom of the KDF FILTER (female end) by hand and just snug.
6. Continue following the “Installation Instructions” on page 1.

The KDF filter effectively removes up to 95-99% of chlorine and up to 98% of inorganic water-soluble heavy metals such as lead, mercury, nickel and chromium. It also controls the buildup of microorganisms such as bacteria, algae, fungi and mold and reduces lime scale in showers and tubs. The KDF filter can be installed in-line with the ShowerStick to give you the best of both worlds – soft mineral free and filtered water! It also helps to protect the softening resin inside the ShowerStick from chlorine and other contaminants which will ensure the resin has a long lifespan.

Installing your OFFSET CONNECTOR (if purchased)

1. The OFFSET CONNECTOR may be needed if you have a stall shower with a center mounted single lever water control knob (tub showers have faucet controls mounted low enough to not interfere with the ShowerStick being able to hang unobstructed).
2. Remove the ANGLE CONNECTOR from the SHOWER ARM MOUNT and replace it with the OFFSET CONNECTOR.
3. Screw the SHOWERSTICK BODY (or the KDF FILTER if purchased) into the OFFSET CONNECTOR by hand (no tools) and barely snug – over tightening will break off the threads.
4. Continue following the “Installation Instructions” on page 1.
5. Position the SUCTION CUP on the shower wall behind and at the lower end of the SHOWERSTICK where the SHOWERSTICK will hang vertically and tie the nylon tie through the hole in the SUCTION CUP and around the SHOWERSTICK to secure it. Re-position the SUCTION CUP if necessary so that the SHOWERSTICK hangs vertically.

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)

The FLOW CONTROL SHOWER 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 SHOWER VALVE, attach it between the SHOWER HOSE and SHOWER HEAD.