shower faucet slowing the water flow (w video)

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  1. Eiddie

    Eiddie New Member

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    Why is my shower faucet slowing the flow of the water after a few seconds?

    I took a little 5 second video to show you what I mean - watch how it squeezes back in on it's own. Almost seems like it was designed to do that, but I can't imagine they would design the handle to actually give the customer a worse flow and crappy shower.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnotjSKFy1c

    What can be done?thanks!

    [video=youtube;cnotjSKFy1c]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnotjSKFy1c[/video]
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  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Some of the new Moen faucets will do that until they get a little dirty.
    I haven't installed one like that in twenty years. The new ones are all pressure balanced. Is it a new "repair" meaning new cartridge replacement?
    Do you you find an old non-code faucet at a big box store?
  3. Eiddie

    Eiddie New Member

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    Thanks Terry for the reply, so what you're saying is that this will eventually go away after some use? I had a new moen kit (shower head, faucet, handles, trim ect) that I wanted to have put in, but the plumber who helped me said that would cost a bunch and require a lot of time opening the wall and he said he had a trim for that model in the van so all I'd need to do was put on a new handle. I'm not sure if he changed the cartridge. I can go back and look at the receipt, how much would a new cartridge cost roughly? The handle I got locally at the hardware store. Thanks again.
  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    I'm sure he installed a new cartridge. Which gives me a warm feeling for him. You now have a "new" faucet, which will after a few days work the way it should.

    If and when you want to open the wall a bit, then you can install one of the new pressure balanced faucets.
  5. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    It also sounds like he put some silicon plumber's grease on it (which is good). You could wipe a little off.
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