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Old 12-12-2010, 12:05 PM   #16
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We have purchased Mr. Steam steamers, as noted in previous posts. There are no site specific water adjustments. There is a note in the installation guide to step down the water pressure from the house supply. We have city water. We started with lake water. The change of water supply made no difference. There certainly was no information from Mr. Steam that their steamers were site specific. The only modification they have had to offer is to change the diameter of the opening leading from the steam unit to the steam room. There is a pipe with essentially a thick washer welded inside of it to reduce the diameter of the steam outlet. No help with or without. Being roughly $10,000 into Mr. Steam at this point I am hesitant to move to another brand. And 2 Mr. Steam installations worked just as we wanted them to in the past. Mysteriously, on 3 occasions in the roughly 4 years that we've been fussing with these units here it magically worked perfectly and filled the room with visible vapor, just as we wanted. No idea why it did this, no idea how to recreate it.

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Please post or email pictures for a closer look.

What kind of pipe did you use to send steam from the steamer to the shower?

Did you insulated this pipe?

Do you have pictures before you closed things up?

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Hi John,

Thanks for asking. I'm unable to post a photo here as it's asking for a url and my photos are local. My installation is at the opposite end of the economic scale from the super-deluxe unit that you picture. I don't find your email address, or I would send the photos directly there. The steam pipe is insulated and is the proper diameter of copper pipe as specified in the Mr. Steam installation manual. There are two 90 degree bends in the approximately 5 feet of travel between the unit and the outlet in the shower. One bend when the pipe hits the wall from the steam unit (about a foot or a foot and a half) and that heads downhill at a pretty good angle for about 3 feet to the other 90 which directs the steam into the shower area through the steam head.

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I am facing the same issues after especially after getting the hot rod replaced. It turns out that the hot rod (that generates heat to produce steam) had burned through. After having the part replaced. The intensity of steam generation is lot stronger. I get lot of visible vapour for the first few minutes then it is just moist clear steam. While I did not measure with a thermometer, it is lot hotter in the shower now. And lot less visible, infact by 15 min mark, there is hardly any visible vapour but lot of hot steam. I do not have temperature control on the external controller. I have been meaning to find a temperature or steam flow control on the actual unit and see if I can adjust it. It is probably a matter of tweaking it so that you get the right amount of heat and visible vapour.

Do you have temperature or steam flow control on yours? And if so, have you lowered the temperature and or steam flow?

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What is the altitude of the current setup? And what was the altitude of the old one?

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