Removing Low Flow Restrictor on Kohler Showerhead

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  1. chefwong

    chefwong New Member

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    I removed the o-ring off the restrictor that was under the debris screen.
    I tried gently but the green restrictor part does not budge easily - hence the post.
    I'm not sure how Kohler got it in but is there any way of removing it without destroying it ?

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  2. chefwong

    chefwong New Member

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    I ended up drilling it out in a attempt to drill and then remove the green part in-whole.
    They have really got it put in. It's thick gauge plastic....that won't bend easily with a pick or needlenose plier.
    I removed as much as I could - cleaned it up with a round rasp (and even used a coarse round rasp very carefully) as the plastic is that thick !

    I'm sure I might have had better results if I was do it on the ~knuckle~ side, but I would not see a easy means of removing the head cover....and I did not want to mess with the finish that much doing any prying.

    Removing these on the Grohes is a walk in the park compared to this one
  3. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    I skipped by this, but can't resist. Why do you think you need more water than the legal amount?
  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    I use one of those shower heads, but I can't remember if I left the restrictor in or not. Sometimes my son James will remove them on installs.

    They are pretty nice shower heads.
  5. chefwong

    chefwong New Member

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    For stronger water pressure.....of course

    It's all relative I suppose.

    Dishwashers take 2hrs to complete a cycle these days. Non phosphate powder cleans like crap...
    So I use less water but more electricity ...

    I've had my Miele guy go into the ~service menu~ on my laundry machine and increase the water level of the machine.
  6. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    Hate to tell you, but water pressure does not increase by removing the flow restrictor. What is it you are removing? It's the FLOW restrictor, not a pressure regulator.
  7. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Gary,
    Drilling or removing the restrictor does let the shower head dump more water. It seems like more pressure. :)
  8. craigpump

    craigpump Member

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    Drill that sucker out and enjoy your shower!
  9. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    This all assumes you have a big enough WH and the pipe sizes are sufficient, otherwise, it won't help much, or at least for long.
  10. wjcandee

    wjcandee Wise One

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    Dishwashers take longer now because they spend a lot of time soaking the dishes; they really don't use more electricity because the pumps aren't going full blast during those two hours. If you use the 1HR cycle like we have on our new Kenmore Elite dishwasher (amazing quality and performer), you use both more water and more electricity than on the 2.5 hour cycle Smart Wash.

    Anyway, we have found that Finish Powerball Tabs do an amazing job and are way cheaper than brands like Cascade. Better and cheaper -- a combo I like.
  11. chefwong

    chefwong New Member

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    DW Powder is a whole nuther thread in itself ;-/
    Cascade Platinum or Finnish Quantum are priced fairly similar, but Quantum ethches certain glass in my brief testing...
    I'm still working off my stash of Phosphate DW powder.

    Fellow Plumbers, have you seen a SPIKE in dishwasher intalls/replacements over the past couple of years ?
    I can easily wonder how many consumers end up replacing their machine recently thinking it's just poor performaning, when the reality is - the current stuff on the market is just up to snuff, compared to the previous phosphate formulations..
  12. DDAANOS

    DDAANOS New Member

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    fibrous disk

    HI Terry, can you tell me what is the fibrous disk, that sits between the plastic water flow restrictor and the cone shaped mesh screen. I'm referring to the Kohler Flipside shower head. Thanks










  13. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    quote; Removing these on the Grohes is a walk in the park compared to this one

    Almost makes you think they did not want you to do it, doesn't it?
  14. Bill Shack

    Bill Shack 30years plumbing 10years plumbing inspector

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    I use a large wood screw and screw it into the resistor then grab the screw head with a pair of pliers and pull. I alway remove the restrictor, but once i had a customer that asked me to put it back.
  15. ankhseeker

    ankhseeker Member

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    Look out! Here come the water police ;-)
  16. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades

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    They sure would be if you live in California.
  17. DDAANOS

    DDAANOS New Member

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    Does anyone know what the fibrous disk, that sits between the plastic water flow restrictor and the cone shaped mesh screen, is there for?. I'm referring to the Kohler Flipside shower head. Thanks
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