Price Pfister won't regulate temp in shower, needs a new valve

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  1. ferrellmc

    ferrellmc New Member

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    The Price Pfister in the shower won't regulate temperature anymore so I need a new control valve. I'm in a condo and there is no main water shut off in the condo; maintenance needs to shut off the building and drain. However just to the right and left of the shower valve are two screws that appear to be shut off valves. Can you confirm if these are shut off valves? Also they seem to be fairly stuck, any tips are appreciated.
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  2. dj2

    dj2 Member

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    To free the rusty screws, apply a lubricant or oil, wait a little and try to turn it clockwise.
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    That does not look like any Price Pfister faucet I can remember seeing.
  4. RedShoecounterbalance

    RedShoecounterbalance Stay away from ladders

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    Most likely those are shutoffs to the valve for just this reason. You could open a can o worms just by tighteneing....may be some bad orings washers a bad valve seat etc just waiting for you to tighten it!!!!Before you go and tighten both of them to check to make sure you have indeed shut the supply to the valve off. BE WARNED as ive already been here........There is a reason condos and hi rises have to shut down the stack beforehand .... 1 of the reasons may be so they can be sure to have a flood insured licensed plumber on hand , in my experience its one plumber approved by association mgmt that can work on the building . If you gamble and go commando, may the forces be w/you.
  5. dj2

    dj2 Member

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    " I'm in a condo and there is no main water shut off in the condo;"

    All condos that I've seen have shut off valves as the mains come into the units. Shutting the main to the entire complex is only necessary when the individual shut offs malfunction.

    Look for your shut off with a magnifying glass. If you find it and if it's working properly, then you can start working on your faucet body.
  6. RedShoecounterbalance

    RedShoecounterbalance Stay away from ladders

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    Ive built showers in multiple hi rises here in my area , you know 20-30 floors up, and they have had to shut down stacks, and no localized shutoffs??? But im not a plumber so disregard! I have also worked in smaller condos that have a shut off elsewhere in the unit so you have A valid point there dj2. I just sleep better when i dont touch the plumbing in a condo! Where is Jim to clear this all up for us? Jim??
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2014
  7. SHR

    SHR Member

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    In Minnesota current code requires condos to all have individual unit shut-offs. Very nice. Of course whether or not the older condos have them is a crap shoot.
  8. RedShoecounterbalance

    RedShoecounterbalance Stay away from ladders

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    Valid info there SHR.... If you get down to Falls Pinnacle NE Mpls. Stacks shut down and forced to use their contracted plumber which I wont name.!!! but you basically are at the mercy of that one company and have no say or you simply have to use them if you wanna work in that building in the end you pay whatever bill they send to you!! Then get down to 1200 on the mall Good times.

    The keyword you used is CURRENT.
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