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Old 07-19-04, 11:07 AM
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On going problem with the volume of water coming through the bathroom spout. Has gotten procressively worse as time goes by. The bathroom sink has great pressure and so do the other outlets. It's almost down to a trickle. Can anyone help? pleeessseeeee thanks
 
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Old 07-19-04, 03:20 PM
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Do you know what brand of tub faucet? Single handle? Dual handle? Type of supply pipes? Galvanized?
Please describe what you have in as much detail as you can, and we'll try to help you. Need more information.
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Old 07-21-04, 11:00 AM
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Hi Mike

Thanks for getting back to me. The info you wanted is::: SEARS COMBINATION TUB & SHOWER FAUCET.... model # 609.205940....galvanized pipes....dual handle.... and, just found installation instructions... was done in 1982.
 
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Old 07-21-04, 11:17 AM
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Galvanized pipes are notorious for scaling up inside over time until they eventually plug up completely. The pipes and the scale in them are most likely causing the problem. The only solution for galvanized is replacement (I'd go with PEX), but you may not need to do it yet.
Debris from the pipes may just be clogging the faucet.
Turn the main water off.
Remove the handles (may have to pry caps off with a knife point to get at the handle retaining screws). If they don't come off easily, you may need to get an inexpensive handle puller, or if they're plastic and won't come off, I'd just cover up the drain to keep debris out and crush them with a pair of channel-lock pliers. A new set is inexpensive and will look nicer anyway.
After you remove the handles, unscrew both valves counter-clockwise and remove them.
Ream both sides out as far back as you can with a piece of clotheshanger wire to break up any debris.
Turn the water back on very briefly to flush out the faucet body.
Re-install the valves and the handles, and see if that doesn't help solve the problem.
If it doesn't, it may be "re-pipe time".
Good Luck!
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Old 08-23-04, 02:50 AM
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IT'S FIXED!!!and it only took 5 yrs. to do it. For anyone with the same or similiar problem; here's the fix we found and it did the trick without any undo expenses too. When we took the handle off the hot water tap, we discovered the cartridge was filled with rust stain and debris. After a closer look, we could see pieces of debris from these old pipes. We tried cleaning it out but with no luck. Called Sears were they we purchased many years ago. And, sure enough, outdated! parts no longer available. No problem; just called my local plumbing store and they were able to cross reference it. All for a mear $13.00 for 2 (just in case). Sure alot cheaper than it could have been.
 

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