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MikeinBurien 12-15-2005 11:42 PM

Pressure Compensating Shower Valves
 
Hi Folks,

I bought a really nice fixture for the new shower we're building and it doesn't come with the pressure compensating valves on this particular model.

I'm wondering... Can you buy the pressure balancing valves separately and install them on each of the hot and cold connections to shower valve?

MikeinBurien

Teetorbilt 12-16-2005 10:54 PM

This is mostly Euro stuff where they have different pressures for hot and cold. I'm guessing that you bought Hansgrohe as they are making the greatest inroads here.

In the US the water pressure is generally equal. I remove the valves and go directly to sweat fittings. You will notice that leaving the valves in will also create some interesting plumbing problems.

MikeinBurien 12-19-2005 12:49 PM

Hi Teetorbilt - As I understand it, the pressure compensating valves are used by all manufacturers and are meant to keep the water coming from the shower head or tub equal even though others may be using lots of hot or cold water elsewhere in the house. For example, when someone flushes the toilet and consumes cold water, the compensating valves will adjust to maintain the proper mix of hot and cold.

I have a pressure compensating valve in my older shower and replacing it with the newer model that doesn't come with the valves. I was hoping that I could simply retrofit them, if possible.

I installed the original valve and it was an easy hookup so I'm unsure which particular complications you're referring to.

They could be an integral part of the valve. Not sure about this.

MikeinBurien

Bonus 12-19-2005 10:28 PM

As far as I understand these things if you want compensating valves, but them and install them, I would not assume you could switch them out later.

Teetorbilt 12-21-2005 10:13 PM

The ones that I was referring to are actually flow control valves, small rotary valves, that come with Euro fixtures.


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