Whether you’ve finally decided on getting a bum gun or shattaf—as what a handheld bidet sprayer is sometimes called—or trying to check if its installation is indeed something you can do on your own, we bring your our guide on how to install a hand bidet sprayer. We promise you it is easy and will take you around 15 minutes to an hour at most to install it.
Aside from the fact that a handheld bidet sprayer is easy to install and completely DIY-able, they are perfect for small bathrooms and a whole lot friendlier on your pockets than a full-sized bidet fixture. More importantly, it is no less hygienic than a non-electric toilet seat attachment or an electric bidet.
So, to get you started in experiencing the whole range of benefits that come with your bum gun, let’s hit the ground running with the installation of your bidet sprayer kit.
How to Install a Hand Bidet Sprayer Kit
Take note that the instructions below are just general guidelines on how to install hand bidet sprayers. Make sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendations that come with your kit.
Gather everything you need for your hand bidet sprayer installation project. You would need:
- a roll of Teflon tape
- a wall bracket or bidet holster with hook
- a standard T-adapter
- a flat rubber washer or O-ring
- spiral metal bidet hose
- a sprayer with a trigger
- an adjustable wrench
and some helpful vocabulary words to get you through:
- water tank: also known as the cistern; the part of the toilet that holds water
- water line: also known as flex pipe; the hose joining the toilet tank and the shut-off valve
- shut-off valve: sometimes referred to as water supply valve; the metal part on the wall that supplies water to the toilet through the water supply line.
Switch off the water supply valve on the wall. Then, flush the toilet a couple of times to empty the tank.
Disconnect the flex pipe or water line. Remove the connection from the cistern, not from the shut-off valve at the wall. Unscrew it by hand or use a wrench if the connection is too tight. For a less messy installation, ready a towel or bucket below it to catch excess water left in the tank.
Wrap Teflon tape onto the threaded valve at the end of the cistern, the part where you disconnected the water line from. Then, connect your T-adapter onto the water tank. There’s only one hole that matches that valve, so there’s no need to be confused which of the three goes there. Also, remember not to over-tighten connections from here on.
Before screwing the T-adapter on, place the washer or O-ring that comes with your set onto the opening that joins with your water tank valve. Attach firmly to avoid leaks.
Pick up the disconnected water line and reconnect it to the cistern. Instead of connecting it directly to the water tank, join it to the other end of the T-adapter.
Next, fetch the bidet hose to complete the setup. One end of the hose goes to the remaining opening of the T-adapter, which is right across the T-adapter’s on and off valve. The other end of the bidet hose connects with the sprayer and trigger.
After you have secured all connections, turn on the water supply valve at the wall as well as the T-adapter to check for leaks. Press the trigger or button of the bidet sprayer to see if you’ve got the setup done right.
Lastly, decide on where you want to hang your bidet sprayer. Depending on the kind of holder you’ve got with your set or your preference, you can hook the holster onto the rim of the water tank for easy installation or screw it onto your bathroom wall which may prove to be a more convenient location.
Tips on Using Your Hand Bidet Sprayer
If you’re a first time user of a hand bidet sprayer, then here are some tips on how to use it. If you’re accustomed to using one, then feel free to skip the whole thing except for the last tip which you may find helpful.
- Learn to apply the right pressure on the trigger.
Some bidet sprayers allow you to adjust the pressure of the water coming out of it. Explore which pressure is comfortable for you and how to get it. Learn how to do it before the need to use the shattaf arises.
- Find the right angle.
Learn to aim right. If you are a woman, then you need to be extra careful especially if you’re cleaning your rear. You wouldn’t want to direct dirty water into your private area. And if you’re cleaning your vagina, then it’s best to position the hand bidet sprayer in front, not at the back.
- Be patient.
It will take several practices to get the hang of using it. Pack a lot of patience.
- Keep articles of clothing out of the way.
It is easy to see how a wrong angle, a strong pressure, or an accidental slip can wet your clothes. Take them off and hang them safely or secure your shirt high up to keep water from splashing onto it.
- Keep your bum gun clean.
As with other parts of your bathroom, your handheld bidet sprayer can get dirty. Make sure you hang them clean for the next user.
- Turn off the T-adapter when you’re not using the bidet sprayer.
This will help you maximize the life of your toilet hose and save you time on repairs or reinstallations. The bidet sprayer setup is not designed to hold up constant pressure, so you need to turn the T-adapter off when not in use.
So, there goes your guide on how to install a hand bidet sprayer and some tips on how to use it and care for it. Tell us how your DIY installation went in the comments section below.