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I stayed at a hotel that had a shower head that I really liked and when we built our house, I bought a similar head for each of our showers at Home Depot for only $29.95. It was called a Universal Shower Head because it could be made higher or lower as well as swivel all directions. But the HD shower heads had wingnuts that you had to tighten after each adjustment. Two of these heads are in guest rooms and our guests frequently adjust the heads when they visit, resulting in leaks from the joints that spray all over the ceiling.
Rather than give each guest a ten minute training session on the proper way to adjust the shower, I thought I'd break down and buy a higher quality version of this head like the one at the hotel, i.e., one without wingnuts that could be adjusted without creating leaks. But I've surfed the web looking for them without success. The only one I've found was at Restoration Hardware and it only comes in chrome; I need polished brass and RH can't tell me where to find a different finish.
Can anyone offer any guidance on where to find this head. Here's a link to RH's ad so you know what I'm talking about.
Thanks for any help you can offer.
The Grohe might work, Jim.
The Grohe you mentioned has some of the adjustability that I was looking for, although it doesn't appear to have 18" worth. And at almost $300, it's a big step up from the $29.95 that my current heads cost. But if it doesn't leak, it might still be worth it.
Mikey, I'll try the concierge at The W...good thought. And the pipe wrench and overnight stay is a good back-up plan;) .
Adjustable handheld is a possibility, too.
The spray on the universal shower head is what I fell in love with. It's got 127 holes and apparently something inside the head tickles the output so that some of the sprays seem to randomly shift around. It feels great, better than any shower head I've experienced (and I used to stay at dozens of high-end hotels every year when I was working).
There's a great shower head display at a store in LA and I might check it out the next time I'm down there. They have dozens of heads mounted on a wall behind a glass window and you can push a button to turn on each head, allowing you to evaluate its spray pattern. The store is The Great Indoors, owned by Sears and intended to compete with HD's Expo stores but apparently they haven't built too many of them. There are none here in No. California that I know of.
I do like the idea of the handheld for cleaning out the shower and/or tub. If I can marry that idea with the universal head's spray pattern, I think I'll have a winner!