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Old 03-14-2012, 07:44 AM   #1
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Help on shower faucets and curtain

Hello, I have a 1986 Argosy "squarestream" that I need some help with. I have installed an on demand hot water heater. We are in hot and cold water hell! The directions say use the hot water to regulate our shower. I have done that but I am either bathing in the water from old faithful, or I am sinking in the Titanic. As the hot water scalds my skin on one side of things, and the cold water cryogenically preserves me so I will have fresh young skin when I am 70! I think the problem is that I have a single knob to get water in the shower. I am seriously contemplating putting in a dual knob because as I sit here with half my body medium well and the other half frozen for a trip through space I am thinking that I would like to be the same temperature, just sayin. Is there a spigot with hot and cold water handles I can install? Also, where could I get a new shower curtain as the old one retains no elasticity and velcro. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 03-14-2012, 08:00 AM   #2
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I am not sure that I understand your shower faucet problem. Do you have a problem with the each of the sink faucets also? If not are they single lever or two handle type?


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Old 03-14-2012, 08:20 AM   #3
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You mean the shower is not mixing hot and cold water properly or that you have very little adjustability? You should be able to water temp coming out of the water heater to some extent.

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Old 03-14-2012, 08:27 AM   #4
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What kind of on demand water heater did you install?
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:22 AM   #5
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When I did the shower plumbing for our Tin Pickle, I initially used a twin valve set-up... and we all had problems controlling the water temperature because of the low flow shower head made the valves very sensitive.

I switched to a single valve designed for a low flow marine shower and it's much easier to control now.

You're having additional issues, probably because the hot water heater will cycle off if the flow is too low - and your hot water varies in temperature depending on how much you draw. Add the multiple second delay from making adjustments to feeling the changes, and you've got an interesting control problem.

A double set of valves might make things better - but it might make them even more complicated. Is your kitchen faucet a double valve? If so, experiment with that in your driveway to see if it is any easier to control.

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Old 03-14-2012, 02:06 PM   #6
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Don't these things have some sort of sensitivity adjustment on them?


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