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Old 07-16-2011, 09:02 AM   #1
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What is this?

What is this? Does it come apart? What is causing it to leak? How do I take it off and still use the shower?

P.S. The hose attached is not the issue - water comes from the holes in the square/round thing.
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Old 07-16-2011, 09:42 AM   #2
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That is a vacuum brake to prevent water from siphoning out of the tub.

Most likely replaced as a unit. If it is not leaking while the water is on there should not be a problem. It will release the water in the hose when the water is turned off.
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Old 07-16-2011, 09:47 AM   #3
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It leaks while the water is on - wastes water terribly. I'm going camping tomorrow with no sewer hook-up - is there a quick fix?
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Old 07-16-2011, 10:06 AM   #4
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Palmtree Girl,
That goes to your shower head right? In our '87 it lets the water drain from the shower head once the water is turned off, but does not leak when the water is turned on. I know you can remove the shower head hose. You might have a bad rubber washer, gunk in it that is letting the water leak while running, or it may be plub just shot. It is probably spring loaded and closes when it senses water pressure and opens once the pressure is let off.
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I think I found the technical name for that gizmo in your shower...Vacuum Breaker For Shower

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Thanks - so not to sound stupid - does the round part screw off the square part? I would hate to start trying to get it off and have it break - that would be bad news because tomorrow we go camping.
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I believe so. I would hold the square part with pliers, and attempt to unscrew the fitting. Don’t trust the screws in the square part to hold while you twist on the hose.
If you get it apart, a good soaking in CLR might clear the debris and let it seal. Pouring a little CLR in the openings with out removing the hose might do the trick too. Neither would be a permanent fix, but it would get you camping for now.
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Good Advice from jdalrymple. The top "chrome" part is plastic so be gentle with it and I would avoid using pliers on that part. Try it with your hands first. Our '87 is on a permanent site 4 hours way so I can't get you a picture of the exact same thing that you have but here is a picture of basically the same thing from the shower in our '06. This picture is with the shower head hose removed from the fitting...
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If you can clean it and it stops your leak great. But if you have to replace it you are probably going to have to remove it from the 90° fitting. For that you will definitely need two wrenches; one to remove the fitting and one to "backup" the 90° fitting that is attached to the wall. And be sure to use some teflon tape on all the threads to prevent leakage.
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Thanks Everyone!

I got the round thing off and re-attached the shower hose to the elbow. Works great and no leaks! YAY!

I'll work on replacing that other part later, at least I can camp without wasting water now.
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As long as you do not let Ralph Nader into your trailer you are home free.

The whole ideal of a back flow preventer in this application is Gross Overkill.

The city water system would have to fail and pull a vacuum on your trailer while the wand was lying in a tub full of water. About as likely as having a 94 year old lady have to remove her diaper in order to fly. But then again that did happen.
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As long as you do not let Ralph Nader into your trailer you are home free.
I still hold a grudge because Ralph "killed" the Chevy Corvair.
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I still hold a grudge because Ralph "killed" the Chevy Corvair.
Especially after Chevy fixed all his complaints with the suspension. He never mentioned that.
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I do not use a vacuum breaker and have experienced no problems. With the vb I had low pressure problems and drippage.
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