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bobnpgh

04:38PM | 10/21/04
Member Since: 01/21/04
2 lifetime posts
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I own a home that was all equiped with the above company valves thu-out the home..and all work very well..with exceptions to some minor repairs to washers etc..however the shower assey. in the bathroom has very low pressure coming thu it..even before you turn the round handle over to the shower mode...and that is very low as well..can hardly use the thing...what would cause this when the sink is fine next to the shower..there is no water saver disc in the shower head..so since the pressure is also bad at the tub outlet it has to be there i guess..i tried to remove the valevs on hot and cold but they dont come out..or do they?..i think that they are not all the way open or maybe clogged but sinmce i can`t remove ..what can be done..any help would be apprec...Bob in Pgh Pa.

LonnythePlumber

05:42AM | 10/22/04
You probably have debri washed into your valve. If it's a one handle then you will need to remove the cartridge and turn the water back on to blow it out. If two handle you may have more of a problem. There is a plastic diverter in the middle of the cross of the valve. This often requires taking the valve out of the wall to clear the debri. You can turn off the water, remove the stems (yes they can be removed)cap the shower head, add an air valve to the tub spout connection (or switch with shower head) and blow air into the valve hoping to dislodge the debri out the open stem openings.


bobnpgh

05:37PM | 10/22/04
Member Since: 01/21/04
2 lifetime posts
Lonny thanks so very much for the quick response time..but I am a little confused..what do you mean "a one handle"..and a "two handle"?..and and what is an "air valve"?..just to make things clear..for me too..the shower has a seperate cold and hot knob and one in the middle above the spout that turns from bath to shower its about 4 in. around..sorry to be so stupid but the last time I tried to remove the stems they would not budge the outer washer came apart but the stem would not slide out like the ones I have replaced in the sinks, they were easy..hope that might help..thanks again buddy..aprec it..Bob

LonnythePlumber

06:21PM | 10/22/04
You have a three handle valve and they are the easiest to clear debri. You don't need to know that an air valve stem is like on a tire. You can remove and repair the middle diverter stem without shutting off the water. Remove the middle stem and turn on the cold and hot and blow out debri. Often the Diverter needs to be repaired. Their washers swell and cut off flow. It may not be debri.

Getting the stem off should not be a challenge. The stem body turns off and the stem turns out of the threads. You might view a video on this site for help.
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