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Old 10-11-2007, 01:58 PM   #1
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leaky showerhead - 1978 Ambassador

I have a 1978 Ambassador. The original shower head has been leaking when we push the button in to the off position while we are soaping up. I bought a new one from J/C and it does the same thing...it won't completely stop the flow. Are they suppossed to do that? Is it like a pressure relief thing? I would think it should stop the flow.
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I have a 1978 Ambassador. The original shower head has been leaking when we push the button in to the off position while we are soaping up. I bought a new one from J/C and it does the same thing...it won't completely stop the flow. Are they suppossed to do that? Is it like a pressure relief thing? I would think it should stop the flow.
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Yup, that's what they do. I am not sure why, but they all dribble. I kind of like it because as I take quick showers (small grey tank) I use the dribble to help lather up. Maybe someone else can tell us the real reason they are designed to do this....
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Old 10-11-2007, 02:49 PM   #3
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Showerhead

This is in the desigh to prevent 160 degree water from hitting you when you turn it back on.
The new water heaters are set at 160 degree and are not adjustible.
If the showerhead shut off completly the hot water would rise too the top resulting in someone getting burned.

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Old 10-12-2007, 09:36 PM   #4
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Gunny,
Makes sense...thanks.
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I have a 1978 Ambassador. The original shower head has been leaking when we push the button in to the off position while we are soaping up. I bought a new one from J/C and it does the same thing...it won't completely stop the flow. Are they suppossed to do that? Is it like a pressure relief thing? I would think it should stop the flow.
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my vintage '05 does the exact same thing. i also use it to "lather up". if one was to say use the SEARCH function up on the top right, bet you could find a gang of threads on this very issue...

just sayin',

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Old 10-13-2007, 07:31 AM   #6
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The dribble is to remind you that the water to the shower is still on and to use the wall mounted temperature control ON-OFF knob to turn off the water (which provides a much better seal) than anything in the shower head could.

I also find it gives enough water to lather up so I don't really mind it.
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