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Old 03-26-2011, 03:34 PM   #1
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Hot and Cold water imbalance in shower/tub


Hello,

I recently replaced all the hardware in my bathtub using a rebuild kit. After I installed everything it fixed all my problems but created a new one.

The hot water comes out very hot, which is fine, but if I turn on the cold water even a small amount it cuts down on the temperature drastically. So if for example I turn the hot water 1 full turn and the cold 1/8th of a turn the water is only warm, if I turn the cold water on half way it is hardly warm at all.

It is pretty annoying to have to make minuscule turns to get the water temp right, and often it is impossible to get that right temp.

I tried swapping the stems thinking there might be cold and hot hardware, but it was the same result.

The kit I used it very similar to this one
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

Appreciate any help

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If it helps, it is a pfister faucet.

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Old 03-27-2011, 07:21 AM   #3
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Is this issue only charateristic of the bathtub, or does it appear at all faucets?
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Is this issue only charateristic of the bathtub, or does it appear at all faucets?
Just the bathtub, rest of the house is fine.
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With the hot only on, mearsure flow using a bucket and watch say 15 secs, repeat with only cold. Are the volumes similar? If not you have an obvious pressure/flow differential cause by an obstruction in the line (thinking hot water line).

This obstruction could be a piece of the seal lodged in the valve body from the former stem set.

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With the hot only on, mearsure flow using a bucket and watch say 15 secs, repeat with only cold. Are the volumes similar? If not you have an obvious pressure/flow differential cause by an obstruction in the line (thinking hot water line).

This obstruction could be a piece of the seal lodged in the valve body from the former stem set.

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I tested the flow using a large pot, took about 5 seconds longer with hot, 20 vs 25.

Pulled the stem on the hot side and didn't find anything, pulled the stem on the faucet/shower switching handle and found a small piece of gasket in there. Did a thorough search and even pulled both seats and didn't find anything else. Finished by putting a vacuum hose to both spots just in case.

Seems to be working better now, though still not as well as it did in memory before the rebuild was done. Tested flow again and it improved though it is about 22 to 20s now.

Appreciate the help, this might be the best that I can achieve.

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