At some point we all dream of remodeling the kitchen while planning meals around a kitchen island with colorful, unique hanging pendant lights.
The old shower head was removed and a special PVC plastic water pipe fitting was installed in its place. The fitting was a Y, with one part of the Y screwing into the place the old shower head was and with the other two legs pointing down at an angle. Additional PVC pipe was added to lengthen it to the point that the hoses in the shower panel would reach, whereupon each hose was attached to the plastic pipe.
Also realize that since most items you install during a renovation or rehab will stay in your home for a long time, there is no need to buy the latest and greatest item. Most people will not know a couple of years from now whether you bought an item that was from 2012 or 2013. You can easily buy something on clearance – as long as the condition, quality, and features are good and save a great deal of money without anyone being the wiser.
I don’t consider salvaging as hoarding provided it is eventually recycled and not just kept in the event that it may one day be useful. Obviously, it’s not possible to re-use everything that’s salvaged and put to one side in the shed but as long as most of it gets recycled then from a green perspective it’s serving a purpose; and it can be fun to be creative.
If the caulking surrounding your tub is stained or mildewed, consider replacing it. With less than an hour of work, your bathroom will look much nicer. Use a screwdriver or other tool to remove the old caulking, and ensure that the surface is dry before applying the new caulking. Look for a variety specifically meant for bathrooms; many of these also resist mildew growth.