Shower valve - open/closed reversed

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  1. slimjones

    slimjones New Member

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    Sorry if this is a newbie question.

    I had a shower valve installed by a professional plumber.

    After tiling the shower stall myself, and installing the fixtures, I found that the cold water valve opens by turning clockwise and closes by turning counterclockwise. Exactly opposite of what I would expect. The hot water valve works correctly.

    How can I correct this problem?

    TIA - Slim
     
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Some manufacturers provide the valves in left-hand and right-hand versions so the handles move symmetrically. If you want both the hot and cold to turn the same way, you probably need a different brand or style. It's more noticable on a sink...to turn the water on with lever handles, you move the levers towards the spout - one going clockwise and the other counter-clockwise...same as what you have now on your shower (if I undertood you correctly). So, I don't think it is an error, it is a design decision.
     
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  4. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    What kind of handles do you have?

    Knob, lever, cross....
     
  5. slimjones

    slimjones New Member

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    They're cross handles. It's a Concinnity fixture.
     
  6. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Ohhh Boy!

    I'm sorry to hear that you put that valve in your wall...

    They went out of business a couple of years ago...
     
  7. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    faucets

    Many "aftermarket" manufacturers send ALL faucets with the stems for lever handles which rotate the way yours does. In some cases a clip can be removed and reversed to change the rotation, but in most cases the stem has to be replaced with the proper one.
     
  8. slimjones

    slimjones New Member

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    re: Concinnity - what can you do ? I bought it years ago and it is a very nice fixture. It cost me some $$ and I'm going to use it until it wears out.

    I'll take a closer look at the valve and see if there's a way to reverse it.

    Thanks for all the advice, this really is a great forum.

    -Slimjones
     
  9. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    faucet

    Depending on what controls the degree of rotation, removing the small "C" clip and installing it on the other side might do it.
     
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