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If it's dripping now, will it drip when completed?

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Posted by: from Toronto
10/6/2012 at 12:49:15 PM

Bathroom renovations are moving slowly, my son and his handy friend are installing the shower's mechanical parts. Currently the hot water is capped off and the cold water is hooked up. The copper pipe for the shower head is in place but not the lower spout. It's dripping from the shower head (not the solder seam, but out through the tap).

Do I have a faulty part or is it the installation? It doesn't seem logical to continue without addressing this drip. Or perhaps this is normal, can drips happen during installation and yet somehow not be dripping upon completion? Some how I don't think so.

We are using a Danze shower system, it was purchased about 5/6 yrs ago and has been sitting in the box.

Thank you for your feedback.

Sheila

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Leo from Your Handyman in Milton
Date/Time10/6/2012 at 1:24:10 PM

More than likely is the install. All the screw in connections should be super tight before any soldering is done. If its leaking now it will definitely leak after.

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Date/Time10/6/2012 at 1:28:00 PM

Did the boys remove the cartridge before soldering the pipes. Sounds like the gasket is burnt

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Jeff from Newson Interiors in Dunrobin
Date/Time10/6/2012 at 2:08:02 PM

Sheila,

I'd have to agree with Mark, A good plumber can sometimes get away with leaving the cartrge in as they are alot quicker than most of us and cool the fixture immediately. The cartrige is most likely your culprit. Maybe damaged by the heat or just dried out from sitting in the box for too long. You should be able to get and replace the cartrige. I'd try that before removing the valve.

Hope that helps.

Jeff.

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Date/Time10/6/2012 at 7:45:12 PM

Its a pretty typical rough-in instal issue. Easy to fix.

Typically the shower valve needs to be adjusted in to the off position and during instal could be shifted out of that position. Minor adjusting can fix the problem. Gaskets are another common issue. And that's a simple visual inspection.

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Date/Time10/6/2012 at 10:26:06 PM

I agree with the above pros!

I saw three active distribution side leaks today at my Welland Home Inspection that had been left far, far too long. It's great you are taking such great care of your home.

Good luck with the Bathroom Reno. Those boys of yours will be pro's before they know it.

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Date/Time10/7/2012 at 11:51:32 AM

I appreciate your email, but I am a landscaper, not a plumber. My ad lists exterior only. Sorry.....

Jason Lambert

Les Entretiens Yard Crew Inc.

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Artisan Bathrooms in Toronto
Date/Time10/8/2012 at 1:58:52 PM

I agree with the other posts, the water is getting by or through the cartridge on the cold side, so shut the whole house water off at the main home valve, drain the system, have the guys remove the cartridge, if the danze shower valve has its own integral shutoffs then close them off at the valve onllyy, and that will save time to close off the whole house water supply.

Have the guys inspect the cartridge and flush it with water, have them set aside a bucket of clean water to do that flush before shutting off the house water supply, sometimes some debris, like another poster stated, can get into the cartridge, especially if they soldered the fitings with cartridge inplace, you can then have them refit cartridge, run the cold water out the pipe and shut valve off and see if that solves the drip. If not then get another cartridge for that valve from danze.Before they install the new cartridge the valve body should be flushed without the cartridge in place, have a bucket in front of the valve. The drip does need to be addressed now.

Bob Beal

Artisan Bathrooms

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