Pressure in bathroom sink


Old 03-30-03, 05:33 PM
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Question Pressure in bathroom sink

We live in a house built in 59. Don't know how old the fixtures are but I believe they are second generation. Anyway in the past few months we notice that the pressure for cold is much lower than hot. (the temp and wait time for hot is another issue.) This does not appear to be the case in either the tub or the kitchen sink. We removed the aerator and found no hindrances (hot pressure hinted at that). We removed the cold cartridge and could not find any obstructions. Parts did not seem to be worn, no pock marks, no crud (technical term ). Interesting point, upon reassembly but before the knob, we turned the cold on and the pressure was great! Replacing the knob brought it back to the same lower pressure. ARRGH!! So should we play with backing out that screw?

Thanks in advance.

Jeff D'Amelio
Gainesville, FL
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Old 03-30-03, 05:41 PM
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Well, if the cold has always been that way, and the volume improves when you take the knob off, then the problem is probably with the way the stem is installed... The handle has a stop on it that only allows it to turn on or off so far, so you likely need to adjust the way the handle sits in relation to the stem, but without knowing what fixture or type of faucet we are working on, it is difficult to offer a fix...
Old 03-31-03, 05:02 AM
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The stem is D-shaped so the handle, also has D-shaped female, will only sit one way. But we'll look at that. Thank you.
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