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    Broken removable showerhead...

    Dig this. A few weeks back my showerhead broke. It is the removable kind with a hose so you can luxuriously spray yourself, or super speed shower if you are in a hurry.

    The water pressure on mine suddenly reduced to about 20%.

    This sucked!

    The one I bought just before the pandemic went out the same way. So in early 2021 I bought a new one. It worked great! Until 3 weeks ago.

    I don't want to order one online, I'd prefer to buy one at Lowe's so I can easily return it if it doesn't work.

    But with infecteds certainly roaming around Lowe's I wasn't about to go there to buy one, let alone return it.

    So I commenced to doing the most mechanical thing I have ever done. I took the showerhead apart piece by piece. I examined each component and tested them one by one.

    Turns out the internal component that I think makes the showerhead "water effiicent" was siezed up. This prevented flow.

    So I took one of the few tools I own, a small Philips screwdriver and I simply bored out that hole manually.

    I put it all back together and tested it.

    Works great! Water pressure is better than before!

    And I didn't need to spend money or interact with infecteds.

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    Nice job, UL. Always feels good to be able to solve a problem without just rushing out to buy something new.
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    Probably need to soak it in vinegar on occasion. Was it lime build up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToomuchStuff View Post
    Probably need to soak it in vinegar on occasion. Was it lime build up?
    Are you trolling me? Lime?

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    Calcium carbonate buildup aka lime. It's a thing when you have water with high mineral content.

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    Quote Originally Posted by herbgeek View Post
    Calcium carbonate buildup aka lime. It's a thing when you have water with high mineral content.
    Right, it forms crystals, gunky stuff that blocks the hole. I bet you have very hard water there.
    Great job not buying something but fixing it yourself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tybee View Post
    Right, it forms crystals, gunky stuff that blocks the hole. I bet you have very hard water there.
    Great job not buying something but fixing it yourself!
    Good to know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultralight View Post
    Good to know!
    In the future you can correct the problem without removing the shower head, just put some white vinegar in a baggie and then secure the baggie to the shower head with a rubber band, making sure the head is submerged in the liquid. Leave it there overnight and it will dissolve all the calcium buildup.
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    The new shower head I got had similarly lame flow, and upon taking it apart I found 2 different flow restricting mechanisms, which were quickly sorted out :-)

    There's probably a market for vintage non-low-flow showerheads out there. I bet you can still buy them in Canada.

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