Two shower hot cold reversed Glacier Bay

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Old 03-20-15, 07:19 AM
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Two shower hot cold reversed Glacier Bay

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I am selling my house and all this time we have lived there(5 years) our hot and cold have been reversed in our two showers. We have never minded but our agent says to address it. I keep seeing all this stuff online about rotating a cartridge 180 degrees and that fixes it. Or it was plumbed wrong.

If I take shower handle plate off, what is the cartridge and how do you move it. Everything online basically refers to Moen and other brands not Glacier Bay. I really appreciate the help here : )

If the cartridge is not an issue, then it would mean plumbing is backwards right? and if so since I have no way to open walls, would this be something you can swap out in basement?

Showers are on top of each other, 1st and second floor. All other faucets in the house, sink, bathrooms, etc work as they should only bathroom is an iussue
 
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Old 03-20-15, 08:07 AM
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I believe your only option is to reverse the plumbing feeding the fixture. Swapping the supply lines in the basement is an option if the showers are the only fixtures on those lines. Unfortunately I bet the hot and cold go up and the toilets and sinks branch off those lines. If you swap them in the basement your showers might be correct but the sinks would be backwards and the toilets would be filled with hot water. If you want to give swapping in the basement a try do it with the knowledge that you may have to switch it back so don't destroy anything.
 
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Thanks Pilot, do I still have the option of switching or rotating a cartridge? OR not with Glacier bay units? Googling this problem almost every thing I have seen is just rotating a cartridge.
 
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I don't think reversing the cartridge is an option but you can try as it's about the only thing short of cutting open the walls.
 
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Depending on the make and model cartridges can be turned over and the flow will reverse itself. This method is used often when doing back to back installations to keep from having to cross over hot and cold lines between small spaces. I would try it and see. Worst case is it won't work.
 
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Old 03-21-15, 05:54 AM
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Here is kind of a generic pdf of a glacier bay installation. It, at the very least, will assist you in getting the cartridge out to see if you can rotate it. http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/pdf...c8fec3a822.pdf.

Several images I looked at show a symmetric cartridge that potentially could be flipped around. There is also wordage related to temperature adjustments on those with anti-scald features. That may also be something to look into.

If you have access to the pipes from the basement, and you can specifically see where each hot and cold line branches and goes up into the ceiling to each of the respective valves - shower, toilet and vanity, then little concern for reversing hot and cold in the other units. It may make a difference in the other shower if only one set of supplies go up to both of them.
 
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