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Old 10-15-2012, 10:11 AM   #1
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This may not be in the right place, so please move it if necessary. I'm having an issue with my hot water upstairs not getting hot enough. Hot water heater in the basement, kitchen on first level (water gets very hot). Shower upstairs that is lukewarm. I have read that I can adjust a control on the shower, which I tried to do. However, it seems the previous owner also tried this and stripped the nut out that holds the handle in place to adjust the hot and cold. Has anyone come across this? If so, what was the fix. The shower head and control is Aqua Source. Thanks in advance.

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Sounds like your research is correct. More than likely there is an anti scald adjustment on the valve that needs to be tinkered with.

Don't know anything about that particular brand of valve (sounds like something they might sell at costco)


Might be in your best interest if you can afford it to get a price on swapping that valve with a name brand valve that you can easily work on and get repair parts for. Moen, Delta, American Standard.

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That is part of the issue. I can't remove the handle due to the nut being stripped out. I would like to replace it, however that entails removing the handle anyways. The research I have done, made it sound easy to adjust so replacing it would be a last resort. Is there another way to remove it, without damaging anything?
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use this to get the screw out http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...&storeId=10051
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That is part of the issue. I can't remove the handle due to the nut being stripped out. I would like to replace it, however that entails removing the handle anyways. The research I have done, made it sound easy to adjust so replacing it would be a last resort. Is there another way to remove it, without damaging anything?
You're not going to be able to replace the trim (more than likely anyway) without putting a new valve body in the wall. Valve trims are specific to certain valve bodies.


Unless you can find a new trim kit for your valve, chances are you are going to replace the whole thing.

If the handle really won't come off (pictures would be helpful) you may be able to use a hacksaw to get it off of the valve STEM without damaging the stem itself. At that point you MAY be able to simply buy a handle rather than an entire trim kit, IF you can find it.

Notice there are a few what if's and mays there.
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