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Old 09-01-2009, 01:26 PM   #1
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Rattling sound when spigot handle is half hot and cold?


My wife and I have noticed as of recently that the water pressure is lower than usual in the shower. Furthermore, when we put the spigot at about middle (warm water) it makes this spurting, thumping sound. When you have the handle turned all the way to "cold" or "hot", it does NOT make this sound, but the pressure is still not as high as a month ago. I'm wondering if there is debris caught in the lines. By no means am I an expert at plumbing, but have done basic spigot and faucet replacement in the past.

1. Is this job (replacing the spigot/handle) worthy of the DIYer?

2. With my description above, does anybody have any thoughts on why the spigot is making this sound?

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Old 09-02-2009, 07:10 AM   #2
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Could be debris or calcium build-up in the faucet or showerhead or a failing internal faucet component.
Remove the showerhead first and flush the line. Soak the showerhead in vinegar overnight to dissolve any mineral buildup, rinse it out good and re-install it. (Wrap 2-3 flat wraps of teflon tape around the threads of the shower arm clockwise only before re-installing the showerhead.)
What is the brand name of single-handle faucet?
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Could be debris or calcium build-up in the faucet or showerhead or a failing internal faucet component.
Remove the showerhead first and flush the line. Soak the showerhead in vinegar overnight to dissolve any mineral buildup, rinse it out good and re-install it. (Wrap 2-3 flat wraps of teflon tape around the threads of the shower arm clockwise only before re-installing the showerhead.)
What is the brand name of single-handle faucet?
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Thanks for replying Mike!

I'm not sure of the faucet brand since it is what came with the house. We were planning on replacing it anyway because of the gaudy gold color. I just recently got a Delta shower head though and our area is known for lime build up if you don't have a water softener (which we don't). I will do as you said this weekend. I kind of thought debris was possibly in there and soaking it in white vinegar is a great suggestion. I'm pretty sure though the main blockage seems to be before the shower head though because the rattling/thumping comes on when going through the diverter faucet. It definitely won't hurt soaking these parts over night and flushing the line out. I'll let you know my progress. Thanks again
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