Italian Job

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by fullysprinklered, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. fullysprinklered

    fullysprinklered In the Trades

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    Customer today had an ongoing issue with a shower valve. They've never been able to turn the temperature down below scalding hot. They finally just turned the temp down at the water heater.

    The valve is an Italian- made set up with a temperature knob in the middle and an on knob just above it in the plate. The diverter is above that and directs the flow from the shower head or to the eight body sprays.

    It's a LaToscana by Paini, mod# asse1016t. Never seen one before. Looks like good-quality stuff and maybe something got buggered during the assembly.

    Anybody worked on these?
     
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    http://www.paini-usa.com/contact/

    that has their phone, e-mail, and mailing address. On some brands, you can insert the cartridge in two positions to account for the fact that the hot/cold may be reversed. I don't think that would work right with many thermostatically controlled valves, but I suppose it's possible. The manufacturer should be able to give you a clue.
     
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  4. hj

    hj Master Plumber

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    It can be done with many thermostatic valves, but if done incorrectly, as the temperature goes up, it will try to add even more ?cold" water, but since that side is now hot the temperature WILL continually get hotter.Setting it for "cold" will just turn on the hot and then it will try to shut down the "hot" side meaning it will NOT be able to temper the water., again getting hotter and hotter.
     
  5. fullysprinklered

    fullysprinklered In the Trades

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    Sounds plausible. I'll see if it will swap around. Sounds sort of like getting into an argument with your wife while your mother in law's in the room.
     

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