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Shower massage - AHRRGG!

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by gwalchmai, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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    Our shower massage was leaking where it coupled to the supply pipe. OK, it's been there a few years. So we were at Costco yesterday and I picked up a Waterpik unit. Fihured it'd slide right in no prolemo. Yeah.

    I got the thing in, using their .5 point type instructions, turned it on, and guess what - it leaked at the coupling. Took it apart and redid everything, 6 times, and got the same thing every time. Finally, before taking it back, I removed the "filter screen", which I think is actually a pressure reducer, and not only does it no longer leak at the coupling, but I have better pressure in the shower.

    I looked and the old unit has a "filter screen", too.

    Is this an EPA mandated way to ruin my life? There is NO WAY this thing would work with that POS in there. The pressure behind it was too high. I couldn't tighten it down tight enough to get a seal.

    Any ideas, GT plumbers?

    Thanks!
     
  2. GLWyandotte

    GLWyandotte Señor Member

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    Filter screen=greenspeak for water saver.
     

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    Yup...I always remove those stupid flow reducers.
     
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    OH NO!!!!! Now we are all going to run out of water and DIIIIIIIIE!!!!!!! :wavey:


    PS --- Government is one big unintended consequence.
     
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  5. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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    I gots OBAMASHOWERMASSAGE!!!!!!!!
     
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  6. Bruce M

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    Sorry I was thinking the problem was with a table shower :whistling:
     
  7. ChuteTheMall

    ChuteTheMall Wallbuilder and Weapon Bearer

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  8. THEPOPE

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    This is a dumb question, buuuuuut.....didja use Teflon tape on the threads ? ? ( Some instructions on those say no tape needed, but it's wise to do it anyway.)

    Are you sure the fitting didn't get crimped slightly, or taken out of round ?

    Curious mimes wanna know.....

    OI, I am out......:cool:
     
  9. vikingsoftpaw

    vikingsoftpaw DEPLORABLE ME!

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    Is that anything like Obama Velveteen Massage?
     
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  11. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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    Of course, nobody would connect a plumbing thing w/o teflon tape... (actually I tried it both ways)

    Yes, it's "chromeplastic" so it'll shatter before it'll bend. :supergrin:
     
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    Sounds like your supply line has an issue. My massager shower heads have no leak (3 installed).
     
  13. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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    What kind of supply line issue would cause the fixture to leak, but only with the flow reducer installed?
     
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    A small one? Obviously the back pressure will be greater when the flow is reduced. Assuming the leak is before the flow reducer since it's at the supply.
     
  15. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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    The leak is not at the supply pipe. It's at the fixture's seal between "large nut" and "showerhead bracket".
     

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    okie GT Mayor

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    Water saver showers are a joke:upeyes:
     
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    The 'O' ring is missing, or crimped, or torn....

    possibly cross-threaded ? (fine-thread stuff is easy to cross)

    good luck, I am out....:cool:
     
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    Peace Warrior Am Yisrael Chai CLM

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    I once knew girl in St Mary's.

    Her water pressure was very scant and scary.

    I took out the green, and left the rest of the machine,

    Now she hasn't needed me since February.
     
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    Hailstorm Boom Shacka

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    I go one step further on any installs I do. I also drill out the water passage. :whistling: