Any plumbers in the house?

Discussion in 'The Refreshment Lounge' started by Blake Bowden, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    Any plumbers in the house?
     
  2. Brent Heilman

    Brent Heilman Premium Member

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    It depends. What seems to be the problem?
     
  3. K.S.

    K.S. Registered User

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    I was, then I bought a belt. ;)
     
  4. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    I have a bathtub with an all-in-one hot and cold faucet vs. having two separate ones. Lately, it seems that our water is warm, but not hot. At first I thought it was the water heater, but it' still fairly new and if I use a faucet with separate temp controls, I can get the water is super hot.

    I'm thinking it's some kind of o-ring or seal in the regulator (?) that allows the cooler water to mix with the hot...I dunno..
     
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2012
  5. sands67

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    I has Pfizer faucet in our tub and it was the same issue. I took it apart and it was just a spring that I cleaned up, made sure it moved freely and problem solved. I am not a plumber, but an also not afraid to try most diy projects. That one saved me 300 bucks for the sake of a spring.
     
  6. Bro.BruceBenjamin

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    The thinking is it is cheaper to have one line supply both the hot and cold. However when you have problems you can replace the seat or the spring but eventually you will have to change the manifold. It costs a few more dollars to have seperate hot and cold supply lines, but it is easier to isolate which one is giving you problems. For example, if the tub had a drip and would not shut off completely you could feel the temp of the water and determine if the hot side or the cold side was the problem. Again it sounds like the seat in the mixing valve is faulty allowing more cold water to pass.
     
  7. jwhoff

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    Oh! I thought you were talking about The Plumbers from Watergate. Many are dead, all are out of jail, and few still don't think they did anything wrong.
     
  8. Brent Heilman

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    What brand is it? Many brands sell repair kits for their faucets. If it is a Delta or one of the other brands that is a reproduction of one you can pick up one of the rebuild/repair kits and it should solve the problem. If it doesn't then you may have a problem in the body of the faucet itself and it will need to be replaced.
     
  9. john harvey

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    Take your valve make and model to hardware store and they will tell you how to fix it
     
  10. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    Excellent advice Brothers!
     
  11. owls84

    owls84 Moderator Premium Member

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    From experience: Turn off your main or inline valve before removing the valve from your bath/shower. Once you remove the nut holding the valve in there then there is nothing holding the water back and it could shoot out.
     

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