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robin
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Posted: Jan 29, 2005 1:16 PM       Post Subject:

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I am new, so please excuse if this question is elementary.

I can no longer get consistent hot water out of my shower. The best I can hope for is lukewarm. My place is 1 year old and I can hot water other places, sink, etc. I removed the shower faucet to look for problems, i.e. mixing valve, but my search has not yielded any possible solutions to this problem.
I would appreciate any help to this matter,
Thank you in advance,

Robin bell
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Paul Hinsperger

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Posted: Jan 29, 2005 2:15 PM       Post Subject:
Robin,

1) Is there one handle that controls both the hot and cold or is there a separate handle for each?

2) If you turn only the hot water as open as you can, how does the flow compare to if you turn only the cold as open as you can?

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Larry Franklin

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Posted: Jan 29, 2005 3:12 PM       Post Subject:
Another icon_question.gif Robin

Do you have hot water at first then goes to luke warm or just warm all the time?

Did you ever have hot water at this location?

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Posted: Jan 29, 2005 6:50 PM       Post Subject:

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Hot water on sinks working fine? Most likely the valve is a scald proof valve and needs the dial set back....usally builders make the master bedroom hotter that hallways due to kids use the hall bath....

What brand Model is the valve?
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robin
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Posted: Jan 29, 2005 7:58 PM       Post Subject:

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Paul: It is only one handle for hot and cold.

Larry: It is mostly warm all the time, and occasionaly it will become enjoyably hot, and thanks for the welcome note.

Darren:

I am not sure which model ithe valve is, but there isn't anything at all on it that is adjustable, that I see.

Thanks for the replies thus far.

Robin
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Paul Hinsperger

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Posted: Jan 30, 2005 8:19 AM       Post Subject:
Robin,

Most likely the problem is with the faucet mechanisim. The inner valve may have gotten plugged or possiblly turned a few degrees out of normal. That is the first place I would start.

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Posted: Jan 30, 2005 9:12 AM       Post Subject:

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Paul:

How would I check this inner valve? When I looked at it before( I believe), there did not appear to be any way to adjust it. icon_redface.gif

Thanks again,

Robin
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Paul Hinsperger

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Posted: Jan 30, 2005 2:36 PM       Post Subject:
Robin,

Of course not all faucets are the same but the basic principle is the same Below is an example of an older MOEN faucet.

1) Turn off the water
2) Open the valve both to hot and cold to releive any water preasure
3) Plug the drian so that any small parts won't be lost down the drain
4) Pop off the cap

5) Remove the retaining screw and handle

6) Remove the cartridge retaining clip

7) Pull out the cartridge. Be sure not to damage any O-rings and note the orientation of the cartigde. For the most part groves, notches, tabs, etc should either be perfectly vertical or horizontal. If they are not this might be causing the problem your having.

8 ) Examine the cartrigde and clear out any gunk that might be clogging the passageways.

9) To assemble the faucet just reverse the steps you did to remove it.

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JERALD (JERRY) STEWART

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Posted: Jan 30, 2005 2:50 PM       Post Subject:
WOW,

Way to go Paul! eusa_clap.gif
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Adam Slimack

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Posted: Jan 30, 2005 3:15 PM       Post Subject:
Paul, Could you be a little more specific?

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Posted: Jan 30, 2005 3:49 PM       Post Subject:

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Paul, Is that your shower, or did you do this at an inspection?

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Paul Hinsperger

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Posted: Jan 30, 2005 4:28 PM       Post Subject:
That's my shower. I think I should have cleaned it before taking the pictures. icon_redface.gif

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Posted: Jan 30, 2005 6:31 PM       Post Subject:

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Hey Paul, are you a Home Inspector or a Handy Man? icon_lol.gif
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William Warner

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Posted: Feb 1, 2005 11:06 PM       Post Subject:
Good show Paul!

That's better than any "tech" service could do!

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Aaron
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Posted: Feb 2, 2005 8:18 PM       Post Subject:

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David Valley

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Posted: Feb 2, 2005 10:07 PM       Post Subject:
Good Job Paul.

Now that you have that apart, show everyone what to do in order to stop a drip at the spout on that particular handle.

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