Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Plumbing

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-01-2008, 12:06 AM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 0
Share |
Default

Misbehaving shower mixer valve


Hi,

I've got a shower with a mixer valve that's misbehaving. It never seems to stop mixing, so the water is only lukewarm and not full pressure, even when it's fully on. I'm assuming the mixer valve needs repair/replacement, but I'm not sure if it's possible. I can't tell if there's a cartridge that can be replaced. It's a single-handle shower control. The fixture seems to be a Kohler, but when I pull off the faceplate, the value says Zurn on it. I don't know if that's a common setup. I also can't find anything that looks similar on the Zurn or Kohler websites, so I'm not sure where to start looking for a replacement part. Any suggestions on how to start?

Thanks!

ranagnos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2008, 12:11 AM   #2
ICF Construction
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 314
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Misbehaving shower mixer valve


If it's Kohler they come with anti scald stops which are usually set really low and need adjustment, either use an allen wrench and back off the set screw (kind of hard to do) or remove the small rubber band, pull out the stop and turn it further away from the stoping point to allow full hot water flow.

Be careful not to scald yourself now

__________________
Chris
Chris Johnson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2008, 01:23 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Fountain Valley, CA 92708 (orange county)
Posts: 658
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Misbehaving shower mixer valve


I recently replaced a shower valve. I took the handle and escutcheon down to a local plumbing shop, and they knew exactly what valve I needed (pricefister). I shut the water supply off and replaced the valve successfully - keeping the number of a local plumber in case things got screwed up.

I believe every type of shower valve setup is a bit different, plus with age things tend to get crusty. So there are always a few speed bumps on the job, and it helps to be handy to understand and overcome them. I was lucky and the job went real fast.
darsunt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2008, 04:34 PM   #4
I blame ProWallGuy
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 244
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Misbehaving shower mixer valve


Can you post a picture of the faucet?
Double A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2008, 01:02 AM   #5
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Misbehaving shower mixer valve


Ahh, pictures... good idea.

I don't see anything obvious on the valve for a anti-scald adjustment, but maybe the two sides can be adjusted with a flathead, where the screws for the faceplate go in?

Anyone have any suggestions on where to look for specs on this before I just start unscrewing things? Or know how the anti-scald adjustment should work? The valve doesn't look particularly like anything I can find on Zurn's website, and the Kohler website seems mostly useless without a part number.

Thanks!
Attached Thumbnails
Misbehaving shower mixer valve-shower-controls-2.jpg   Misbehaving shower mixer valve-shower-valve-2.jpg  
ranagnos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2008, 03:57 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Fountain Valley, CA 92708 (orange county)
Posts: 658
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Misbehaving shower mixer valve


It's a cartridge. Perhaps the cartridge was installed upside down?

Like I said before, unless someone here in the forum comes through, I'd take as many parts as you can down to the local plumber shop and ask them for advice.
darsunt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2008, 07:24 PM   #7
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 6
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Misbehaving shower mixer valve


hello
its a common valve and you should have no problem getting parts from a plumbing supply.
i believe the two screwdriver slots on each side of the valve are your integral shutoffs, try turning them clockwise and turn on water to make sure it shuts off the shower/tub valve.
if it does you can take apart the center section and take parts to plumbing supply.
i am pretty sure the zurn valve will accept kohler trim.
maybe they can print out directions for the anti scald adjustment.
better yet just bring the pics with you and leave the valve intact.
good luck
mike

hardknocks1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
shower valve doesn't "mix" moneymgmt Plumbing 9 01-23-2008 09:45 AM
Help fitting concealed shower valve beeen Plumbing 5 01-04-2008 10:54 PM
aging symmons temptrol shower valve v240969 Plumbing 1 01-01-2008 05:24 PM
Unable to remove Shower valve abacuslearns Plumbing 8 10-27-2007 10:10 AM
Shared use of a shower mixer? Katydid Plumbing 5 07-12-2006 03:47 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.