Dumb question about Kohler faucet part 500520

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Old 07-06-09, 11:34 AM
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Dumb question about Kohler faucet part 500520

This is a replacement cartridge for my Kohler shower faucet. it came with several o-rings, plastic rings and wide rubber rings. I dont know where to put all these things. The instructions are attrocious. Can someone look and tell me what all these pieces are?

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Sorry, I am not familiar with that faucet, but if you were to call Kohler, I am sure they will help you out. Did it come with any kind of instructions? Post those, or the faucet model number and I can look further.
 
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here is a complete parts breakdown that may help you understand where everything goes. use the magnifying feature to get closer looks.

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OK got the leak fixed, but now my hot is cold and vice versa

Did I install the thing upside down?
 
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Finally figured it out

I had the valve turned 180 degrees in the wrong direction. Flipped it and all is well.
 
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Thats what I figured, Good job !!!
 
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same cartridge

I am also installing the same pressure balancing valve but I can't seem to get the old one out. Any advice? thanks
 

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new question

I ended up getting it out. 20 years old lime buildup was brutal! New question..... Everyhting seems to installed correctly but the water is half the pressure now. Is there something I need to adjust?
 
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Most likely if you have lower pressure in both the hot AND cold sides, I would remove the shower head and clean out the head from the scale buildup you loosened up while making the repairs. Lets start there.
 
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Cleaning shower head

Thanks, I will give that a try this morning. I'll keep you posted.
 
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Sediment

Took off the shower head and there were a couple sediment pebble blocking the holes. picked them out and bingo the shower is back to normal!!! awesome and thnk you for the advice!
 
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How do you take the old one out... any instructions out there on how to do this... is it wedged into the Valve Body and you grab-n-pull it out, or is there set screws that need to be loosened, etc, etc??
 
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Most valves do not use set screws to hold them together because of pressure. Do you know the exact model number of the valve you are dealing with? If I can find it on the internet I will be able to help out more, or even an uploaded pic will help. Remove the handle and look for a large nut of any clip holding in the faucet assembly. If all parts appear to be removed, try wiggling the assy. with some pliars/vice grips etc. It may be locked in by minerals in the water. sometimes they just pull out real hard. I have had a few I could not remove and needed tp completely replace the valve.

Good luck and let me know if you need more help.
 
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Glad you got it fixed. For future use, and for others, it is essential for working on Kohler to become familiar with kohlerserviceparts.com and excellent resource but you have to have a model number. Sometimes Kohler can help you on the phone identifying that. I recently had a Kohler shower job and knew what cartridge was in it, but was unsure about the rest of the parts. Kohler with that cart. part number put me on the trail until I found the right diagram.

One big thing with Kohler....they don't change the model number of a faucet or shower or toilet, but over the years have many very different internal configurations.

As an example, see this diagram for the shower mentioned in the beginning of this thread:
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