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Old 02-17-2009, 10:34 AM   #1
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Okay i'm obviously not an expert, but have a question nonetheless ...

I recently installed a handheld shower head in my apartment and the water pressure is pitiful now. There are no leaks anywhere. I'm sure there is a perfectly reasonable explination for this, but like I said I'm no expert.

Is it something as simple as I obviously added a big hose and the water has more distance to travel hense the drop in pressure? Also there were two rubber washers included for the connections that had a wire mesh in the middle that I didn't use, I instead chose the washers without them, should I have used the two with the mesh?

Well anyways, I'm curious if there's a way to possibly increase the pressure to compensate ...any ideas?

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if you first turned off your water then sediment may have clogged this. The screens should be used to trap this sediment.

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Old 02-17-2009, 11:51 AM   #3
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Is the water pressure low everywhere or just in the shower itself
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Old 02-18-2009, 02:57 PM   #4
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no i didnt have to turn the water off, and yes the pressure if fine everywhere but the shower ...
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The shower head probably has a water saver inside it thus zapping your water pressure. You can remove them but you didn't hear it from me.
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Okay i'm obviously not an expert, but have a question nonetheless ...

I recently installed a handheld shower head in my apartment and the water pressure is pitiful now. There are no leaks anywhere. I'm sure there is a perfectly reasonable explination for this, but like I said I'm no expert.

Is it something as simple as I obviously added a big hose and the water has more distance to travel hense the drop in pressure? Also there were two rubber washers included for the connections that had a wire mesh in the middle that I didn't use, I instead chose the washers without them, should I have used the two with the mesh?

Well anyways, I'm curious if there's a way to possibly increase the pressure to compensate ...any ideas?

Thanks!
All new shower heads are sold with a restrictor, you will only get 2.5 gpm unless you remove it.
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Old 02-18-2009, 08:20 PM   #7
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I agree, all new showerheads and handhelds have a water restrictor built in by law. I personally find these useless as they cause me to take longer showers just to wash and rinse off thoroughly. The restrictor in your handheld is probably located where the handheld screws into the hose itself, via a rubber washer/flow restrictor that only an unscrupulous person would remove and replace with a different washer or enlarge the hole in the center!
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Old 02-24-2009, 10:02 AM   #8
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hey great feedback , sorry it took me a while to reply my computer is on the fritz ...

so i noticed a brown thing with fine holes in it right where the head screws into the hose, which i'm assuming is the regulatory valve you're speaking of. so when i get home i'll rip that sucker out and let ya know ...

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