The “ShowerStick” by WaterSticks – 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.
1. (Reference diagram to right.) Remove your shower head turning it counterclockwise while holding the shower wall pipe with pliers. To protect the finish, wrap a rag around the shower pipe. Clean off threads then apply plumber’s tape (included) to the threads on the SHOWER PIPE to avoid leakage.
2. Make sure the black rubber washer is inside the female end of the SHOWER ARM MOUNT & the center joint is tightened then screw it onto the shower pipe by hand (no tools) and just snug. Over tightening will break the fitting and breakage is not covered by the warranty. (Note: the mount should never be taken apart but the center joint can be loosened in order to angle the mount how you want it for your shower head. *Be sure to re-tighten the center joint.)
NOTE: If you purchased the optional OFFSET CONNECTOR, see instructions on back page.
3. Make sure the plumber’s tape is still securely wrapped around the male threads of the KDF FILTER. Screw that end of the KDF FILTER into the ANGLE CONNECTOR by hand (no tools) and barely snug (OVER TIGHTENING WILL BREAK OFF THE THREADS AND BREAKAGE IS NOT COVERED BY THE WARRANTY). Set the blue ring on the filter to the current month so you’ll know when to replace the filter the following year.
NOTE: If you purchased the optional FLOW CONTROL VALVE, see instructions on back page.
4. Make sure the black rubber washer is pushed up inside the bottom end (female end) of the KDF FILTER and is flat. Screw the SHOWERSTICK BODY (with the WaterStick label at the top) into the bottom of the KDF FILTER (female end) by hand and just snug.
5. 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).
6. Insert the loose black rubber washer into the other end of the SHOWER HOSE and screw the SHOWER HEAD into that end of the hose hand tight only.
7. Attach the white REGENERATION CAP to the regeneration port (above the WaterStick label).
8. Prior to first use, run water through the ShowerStick for a few minutes to flush the resin bed of the ‘color throw’ (brownish-red) on the resin beads from the manufacturing process.
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, how many people are using the shower and how often, the duration of each shower and the water pressure. After you install 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. Now you’ll know how many showers you can take before needing to regenerate again in the future and will no longer need to use the test kit. (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 will regenerate at 3-4 grains while others are fine regenerating at 7 grains.
(Water hardness in grains: Soft = 0-3, Moderately Hard = 3-7, Hard = 7-10, Very Hard = 10-14, Extremely Hard = 14+)
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 2 minutes).
2. Prepare your salt water solution. Using an empty 1 liter water or soft drink bottle, pour 1 cup (or 3/4 cup if you have the ShowerStick with IRON CONTROL resin) granulated (fine grain) table salt (plain or iodized) into the bottle and fill with hot tap water (hot water dissolves the salt better but you can use any temperature 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 salt came up to so you don’t have to measure the salt again in the future.
Tip: When regenerating, you can also use a 1.5 or 2 liter bottle – the goal is just to get the salt to completely dissolve in the water.
3. With the shower head still on the floor, slowly 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, pour more hot water into 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 into the drain (takes about 2 min.), put the shower head back up in the shower arm mount and re-attach the regeneration port cap.
5. You now have soft water again. Turn the water on and let it run for 15-30 seconds to fill up the ShowerStick with water and rinse out any residual salt. You can now take a shower whenever you’d like.