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Old 08-13-2013, 10:18 PM   #1
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We have a basement shower very similar to this:



For some reason, when you pull on the little plunger to get the water to spray out of the top, the water pressure is horrific, and the faucet leaks a fair bit of water still.

I was wondering what you guys might think of starting with this? My plumbing skills are weak, but I do know where to shut it all off to start ripping it apart and working on it.

I just want to get the shower usable, as this is our second full bath and is in an area we rarely ever go in the house so not a huge deal, but i'd like to use it while we renovate our main bathroom. So gotta get this one up to snuff for now!

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You can buy water saving shower heads that reduce the "pressure" from the head.
They have flow restriction built into them to reduce water consumption. Consequently- the flow pressure is weakened.
For the tub spout, you can buy replacement spouts- pretty easy to change out.
Just make sure you buy one made for the type of pipe you have(copper, galvanized iron)

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Anytime your doing plumbing work trash is going to get knocked loose in the pipes.
Remove the shower head and turn on the water, plenty of flow then the shower head is plugged up.
Still not working then there's trash in the anti scald valve and the control valve needs to come apart and be cleaned
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I actually did that Joe, it was pretty weak ... which makes me think it is the faucet.

How do you remove the faucet exactly?

Like I said, when you pull the plug on the faucet, it blocks only a bit of water to send to the shower head....so I am guessing it is just crap.
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I actually did that Joe, it was pretty weak ... which makes me think it is the faucet.

How do you remove the faucet exactly?

Like I said, when you pull the plug on the faucet, it blocks only a bit of water to send to the shower head....so I am guessing it is just crap.
Are you saying when you pull up on the lever at the end of the tub spout a lot of water still comes out of the spout? If yes, you need to replace the tub spout. The diverter inside is shot.
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Are you saying when you pull up on the lever at the end of the tub spout a lot of water still comes out of the spout? If yes, you need to replace the tub spout. The diverter inside is shot.
Is that pretty difficult? I guess I could just youtube how to do it!
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Is that pretty difficult? I guess I could just youtube how to do it!
They screw on. It's really simple.

http://www.familyhandyman.com/plumbi...spout/view-all

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that link didn't work
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that link didn't work
Works for me, but just google "replace bathtub spout" and you'll find about 100 links. I linked to the Family Handyman article, about fifth down in the list on Google
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Took it off, she's old!

Since the plumbing exists, can I just get this:

http://www.amazon.com/Pfister-R89-8G...=shower+faucet

or do I need to get new plumbing/valves or something?
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shower heads are interchangeable, but the rest needs to match the model of the existing valve.
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You can get just the tub spout. It may not match the rest of the fixtures.
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I'd like to just get that kit then ... does that mean a need the new valve? Is this valve interchangeable with anything out there currently?
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Took it off, she's old!

Since the plumbing exists, can I just get this:

http://www.amazon.com/Pfister-R89-8G...=shower+faucet

or do I need to get new plumbing/valves or something?
Have you pulled the cartridge from the valve body to see if it is clogged?

You need to confirm that the trim kit you linked to will match the valve mounted in the wall. New styles come along that don't always work on older valves.

I suggest any after market shower head and arm will work- same for the tub spout except you need one that matches the type of pipe stubbed out of the valve such as copper or iron pipe thread.

The trim plate will be the uncertain part. I don't know if all PF trim interchanges with the rough in valves
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Maybe I should step back, is the valve the one actually sending water back up the shower head?

If so, could it be the one causing the faucet to leak a bunch of water when engaged?

If so, it sounds like I might be wise to replace the valve.

I can't really look at the valve, because it's all soldered together. I can view it from the back side wall, as it's open and in a laundry room so it is accessible as it currently sits.

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