[Greenbuilding] Fixture Folly

Douglas E Lamb douglaslamb at columbus.rr.com
Mon Dec 19 16:51:55 PST 2011


Is "Relocate" one of the other "r's".
You might consider newer digs.
But then again moving is a very, very big drag.

But seriously folks.
I'm about to take on the same issue with water heater valve stem
replacement.
Emphases is on "replace" not buy new. It will be easier on my wallet and my
patience to replace some washers and seats than replace the entire valve.

It's a good idea also to use a wire brush every once in awhile to knock off
the carbon buildup on fittings. You can also pour Coke or 7up on the
fittings and the carbonate will eat away the buildup on the fittings also.

Regards,
Doug Lamb
douglaslamb at columbus.rr.com
 

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Benjamin Pratt
Sent: Monday, December 19, 2011 4:53 PM
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Subject: Re: [Greenbuilding] Fixture Folly

just remove the old one, clean it up (use an acid to get rid of all the
calcium and lime deposits if neccessary), go to the hardware store and get
new washers, o rings, and seats if it needs them.
Should work as good as new, cost you less than 10 bucks, and still be
original to the house (if that matters).
I've done this many times--did one just yesterday, actually.

Remember "renew" is one of the 3 R's

Ben



On Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 12:45 PM, Kat <molasses at q.com> wrote:
> It's not the valves that limit the shower output, it's the shower head.
>
> It sounds to me like just about any modern tub fixture would meet your 
> needs.  I guess maybe I don't quite understand the problems.
>
> -Kat
>
>
> On 12/19/2011 8:22 AM, J M Alden wrote:
>>
>>
>>        Shower fixtures only do 2.5 gallons per minute.  So if I tried 
>> to go with shower controls, I guess I'd have to go with two sets, 
>> which seems unnecessarily clumsy.
>>
>>
>>
>
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