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Old 10-16-2009, 10:20 AM   #1
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Hi All-

Just redid my shower last week, I live in a 3 year old condo and took out the standard builders tub and replaced with a standing shower (re-tiled, rain shower head, new fixture/valve, etc.) and the shower was perfect....for a week.

Then yesterday, while showering, there was a large noise from the pipe (similar to what you hear when the water is cut off) and the water pressure dropped dramatically. The water pressure in the rest of my unit is fine, only in the shower has it disappeared.

Any suggestions? Could it be the valve? I don't want to trip out my tile and go behind the wall if I don't need to.

Thanks in advance

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I think it's safe to assume it's something left in the line, a broken valve, or something in the shower head. I'd start at the shower head & work my way back. All fixtures have flow controls & screens in them - check there first, maybe strip the head down as much as possible.

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Pull the cartridge. I believe you're likely to find the obstruction there.
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Thanks, tried to do that but couldn't get the shower head off of the arm or the shower head off the connector. Is there some type of adhesive the plumber may have used to make sure it's tight (loctite?) and if so, what can I use to get it off?

It's only been on for a week, I'm surprised it's so hard to get it off.

Thanks again for the help.

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What is the cartridge?
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The cartridge is the cylindrical piece of plastic(usually) that controls the mixture of hot and cold water in the faucet handle. You need to turn off the main water shut-off valve and then proceed. If you have two faucet handles (e.g. hot and cold) you will have to pull just the hot one. Look for assembly and dis-assembly specs online for your model. Some of the more experienced plumbers may be able to correct this post, but I have done this at several properties in the past few years and saved myself lots of trouble. If the cylinder has a large clog in it, it may have damaged the cylinder gaskets or marred the plastic. Most plumbing supply stores will have replacements for major brands. Chances are you can re-install it after you remove the clog. Try using pipe wrenches to remove the shower head;clogs can form there if the debris makes its way through the cylinder.
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Pipe wrenches will not deform the pipes or fittings. Do NOT use slip joint pliers or channel locks to remove or tighten fitting in plumbing.
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BUT, pipe wrenches can ruin the finish and scratch if you aren't careful.

Sometimes, a couple clean rags inserted carefully into the teeth of the wrench can help, but still be aware that the finish can be marred pretty easily.
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You mentioned a plumber---Why haven't you called HIM?
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BUT, pipe wrenches can ruin the finish and scratch if you aren't careful.

Sometimes, a couple clean rags inserted carefully into the teeth of the wrench can help, but still be aware that the finish can be marred pretty easily.

Good tip. I've marred a few things with wrenches before.

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