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JamesB
01-07-2005, 11:03 PM
I am new to this forum, and to plumbing in general. I hope someone might have some insight into a problem that has me stymied!

The water pressure in the shower/tub is very low. It takes 15 seconds to fill a 32oz glass with water from the tub spout (about 1 gallon per minute). The flow rate is approximately the same from the shower head. The diverter is a gate-type diverter located in the tub spout (two handle faucet set-up). The rate is the same for hot water only, cold water only, or both fully open.

The flow rate from the bathroom sink is 1.5 gallons per minute. The bathroom is upstairs, and the sink and shower are fed by the same set of copper pipes (1/2" I believe). I also get 1.5 gallons per minute in the kitchen sink. It is an older home (some iron pipe in the basement) on a public water system.

I have done a test by removing the hot water faucet cartridge, and cold water cartridge, one at a time. In each case I get a strong flow of water directly from the wall into the shower. It certainly seemed much stronger than the tub spout output. No time to measure as it was making too much of a mess.

Here is my question. Is it possible that the seemingly innoculous "mixing chamber" within the faucet can get obstructed? I would think it is just a hollow chamber that connects two inputs (hot and cold) with two outputs (tub spout and shower head). The diverter is on the tub spout.

Anybody have any ideas on this? I am completely bewildered. :confused: Thanks in advance! :)

James B

jadnashua
01-08-2005, 07:28 AM
on many faucets, there is a metal screen on the input. This is to prevent any chunks from getting inside of the valve and messing with the seals or blocking things off. It is better to catch it prior to the valve than within it! So, it seems like it may be those screens a clogged. If you can find a parts list diagram for your faucet/tub filler, etc. maybe on the web at the manufacturer's site, it will give you an idea if there is one. On the faucets say at the vanity, there is also a screen on the aereator which, if clogged, will affect the flow. From what I read, the tub filler should flow in the area of about 6 gallons/min (that's just approximate - depends on pressure, and other things). The showerhead (if new) is maxed at about 2.5gpm. Some tub/shower valves could show this effect if the internal seals are bad.

How old is the tub fixture? What brand? Do you know the model?

Galvanized pipes become clogged, eventually, you'll need to replace them.

Note, I'm not a pro.

JamesB
01-08-2005, 11:02 AM
Thanks, Jim. I haven't seen the manufacturer's name printed anywhere on the faucet, so I'm not sure of the brand. UPDATE 1/8/05 - SHOWER HEAD IS LABELED "ALSON" AND MATCHES THE FAUCET DECOR. It is at least 3 years old. I am familiar with the screen on the aereator (bathroom sink), as that needs cleaning every month or so. Interestingly, there is a screen in the shower head which never seems to get a debris build-up. Maybe there is a screen at the faucet as you suggest. However, the faucet is sweated on, so I have no idea how one would (easily) get to it for routine cleaning.

Other details on the shower faucet: The cartridge is a plastic cylinder with a hole in the bottom, and a hole in the side. The hole in the side aligns with a hole in a metal cylinder when opened. There is no debris in the cartridge.

Your right about the galvenized pipes...there is a lot of build-up in them already.

JamesB
01-09-2005, 03:11 PM
There must have been an obstruction within the shower faucet body. This is how it was resolved, for those that may have a similar problem.

First, I removed the tub spout, and turned on both hot and cold water. While the water was running, I took a hammer and tapped the faucet from behind, directly on the mixing chamber. Short, quick, machine-gun taps. Also tapped out along the faucet to each side, where the water enters. The idea was to shake loose any debris and have it flushed out. I did not bang on the copper pipes, and was a little leary about hammering too hard and causing a leak.

Next, I capped off the tub spout, and removed the shower head. Using an ear-flushing bulb, I squirted some white vinegar into the shower arm. Also shot in some WD-40 prior to the vinegar. The idea here was to get enough solution into the faucet's mixing chamber, and allow it to soak. The original plan was to allow it to soak overnight, but a leak in the tub spout cap preventing soaking for any more than a few minutes. Removed the cap, and turned on the water. It was flowing strongly! I found a pellet-shaped piece of "calcium" on the floor of the tub...most likely the culprit.

Tub/Shower flow is now nearly 2 gallons per minute....about twice as good as what it was, and a little better than the sink. Not as good as a new home, but liveable.

Hope this info can be helpful to someone else. If so, I would like to hear.

James B

jimbo
01-10-2005, 06:54 PM
I think you are on the right track. I have had 1/2 of a flat rubber washer break loose in the system and lodge in the mixing valve crossover. If you can run a hose from an outside faucet ahead of your main shutoff, connect it to the tub spout with the valve stems removed. Messy, but it can work.

JamesB
01-15-2005, 09:09 PM
Great idea. I think that method is definitely worth a try. In my case, there was a water shut-off right at the tub, so the hose faucet would have been operational.

I have posted a picture of the "culprit" as an attachment.

James B

shannonhamilton
12-04-2006, 11:32 AM
I live in Maine and have a well. My water pressure has always been bad. My wife and my children have always complained that they can not rinse the soap off their skin or the shampoo out of their hair. I think that I bought and tried every shower head that I could ever find in every home center and hardware store in New England. They were all junk!!! Finally I found the solution at a small home show in Portland. A company was there that specializes in shower heads for low water pressure. Their name was Water Management in Boston, MA, and their website address is TAKEASHOWER.COM. They sold me a shower head that worked so well with my low water pressure that it almost felt like we had drilled another well. IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE!!!! Unlike all the other shower heads we bought this one actually worked. If you are suffering from low water pressure you MUST visit this website. I only wish that I had found this company 10 years ago when I first moved to Maine because I would have eliminated a decade of suffering in the shower for me, my wife and my family.

John Reynolds
05-10-2007, 01:57 PM
I checked out www.takeashower.com after your blog. I asked lots of questions and decided to give the handheld a try. My wife and I are amazed with our shower now. She was very happy with their product and believe me she is hard to please. Thank you Mr. Hamilton for your tip.

geniescience
05-10-2007, 04:49 PM
i think this is a sybil attack where coordinating aliases help each other out. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reputation_system#Attacks_on_reputation_systems

here we have two identities claiming to be real people, and of course this could give rise to claims of being sincere.

i think that instead of deleting these posts and others with the same text, it could be good to edtit them down to a very small size so that they remain recorded.

david

Verdeboy
05-10-2007, 07:22 PM
A Sybil attack is one in which an attacker subverts the reputation system by creating a large number of pseudonymous entities, and using them to gain a disproportionately large influence.
I don't think 2 instances in 6 months qualifies as a sybil attack.
But you are right. There is something very smelly in Denmark.

mh_riley
07-14-2008, 09:37 AM
I don't think 2 instances in 6 months qualifies as a Sybil attack.
But you are right. There is something very smelly in Denmark.

It is, while searching the same topic I found the following on a Yahoo board:


I live in South Florida and have a well. My pressure has always been bad. My wife and two daughters have constantly complained to me that they cannot rinse the soap off their skin or the shampoo out of their hair. I think that I have bought and tried just about every shower head that I could find in any home center or hardware store in Florida - and nothing worked. Frankly they were all junk. Finally I found the solution via an online blog and it was a company in Boston, Massachusetts named Water Management. Their website address is WWW.TAKEASHOWER.COM . They sold me a shower head that worked so well with my low water pressure that it almost felt like we had drilled another well. Unlike all the other shower heads I bought this one actually worked! If you are suffering from low water pressure you must visit this website. I only wish that I found this company 12 years ago when I first moved to Florida because I would have eliminated years of complaining and lousy showers for me and my family.

its ridiculously similar to what the user above submitted:


I live in Maine and have a well. My water pressure has always been bad. My wife and my children have always complained that they can not rinse the soap off their skin or the shampoo out of their hair. I think that I bought and tried every shower head that I could ever find in every home center and hardware store in New England. They were all junk!!! Finally I found the solution at a small home show in Portland. A company was there that specializes in shower heads for low water pressure. Their name was Water Management in Boston, MA, and their website address is TAKEASHOWER.COM. They sold me a shower head that worked so well with my low water pressure that it almost felt like we had drilled another well. IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE!!!! Unlike all the other shower heads we bought this one actually worked. If you are suffering from low water pressure you MUST visit this website. I only wish that I had found this company 10 years ago when I first moved to Maine because I would have eliminated a decade of suffering in the shower for me, my wife and my family.

This sort of thing really pisses me off, guess where I wont be buying any products.....WWW.TAKEASHOWER.COM!

Ranger1
11-14-2008, 07:38 PM
Everyone -- stumbled on this forum doing my research for a low flow shower head...and had seen the prior posts both pro/con about the low flow heads from Water Management. I had two showers that I wanted better flow at -- my shower in the basement (previously a Delta with a handle), and a regular head that I suspect was original builder's equipment (can't find a brand name) in the master.

My flow on the Delta in the basement was ok-- not great, but ok. The shower in the master was pathetic -- not sure if the water pressure is lower on the 2nd floor, or if the head was bad -- but just not acceptable performance. After reading on a few sites, I decided to try Water Management's Fire Hydrant (BTW-- agree with the prior posts--- uncommon similarity between sites that glow about the Fire Hydrant!)

Anyway, installed the handled product in the basement and the typical head off the master. Flow is significantly improved in both places. Mostly this appears to be an artifact of smaller holes on the spray setting-- but the pressure is more pleasing and seems to "scrub" the soap off better. The massage setting actually works (didn't really do anything on prior heads-- not enough pressure). I'd tried a couple of other heads from Lowe's/Home Depot without being satisfied, so this was a nice resolution. Importantly, I didn't compare this to any other Low Flow heads I found on the internet, so I can't give any comparative thoughts. My wife was very happy with her new shower head as well. ("ooh" was the verbatim!)

Net, while I wouldn't call these a 'miracle' from the engineering gods, they do do what is promised, and I'm satisfied. Also, it's clear that Water Management values their customers -- the heads were well protected by bubble wrap and packing peanuts-- teflon tape and spare washers were also included. (God knows, I have enough teflon tape, but it's still a nice touch.)

I don't intend to be a regular poster here. My "day job" is marketing research -- so I know the importance of accurate info -- and wanted to provide a "real" review of the products discussed here. While I find 'fake' reviews deplorable, I guess it's a bit easier to forgive if the product lives up to its billing.

Redwood
11-14-2008, 09:25 PM
It might be believable if all these were not coming from 1 post wonders...

Phil Lloyd
11-15-2008, 04:29 PM
LOL ... i clicked on your "eliminate bad advice" link.

:cool:

Redwood
11-15-2008, 10:52 PM
Now you will no longer get bad advice from Southern Man.;)

Ranger1
11-21-2008, 08:03 AM
Guys:

I'm likely to continue to be a one-post wonder. The limit of my plumbing knowledge is around re-building toilets and installing new faucets -- but I read forums like this to get good advice from people who know what they're doing.

Net, I probably can't contribute much to anything beyond an occasional review of shower heads or faucets. Hanging a shelf or a pendant light is about as much remodelling as I'm capable of! (As a handyman, I'm an excellent Market Researcher.)

Realize the skepticism here based on the prior posts, but don't let it cross over into paranoia. If you need to verify that I'm not connected with that company, please go to my company's page at: http://www.bases.com/services/contactdtc.html -- I'm the second name on the list, drop me an e-mail and I'll reply from that address. Live in Cincinnati, work in NKY, and don't have any relatives, friends, etc... working for the Water Management folks. Just thought this forum (since I got some good info here) would be interested in an unbiased review.

Verdeboy
11-21-2008, 09:48 PM
Since this is your second post, you are no longer a one-post wonder. ;)

mgoodlin
12-05-2008, 08:25 AM
Ranger...this sounds like you.. from here...http://www.mikeindustries.com/blog/archive/2006/12/the-ultimate-showerhead-post

Jonah Keegan writes:

The Fire Hydrant shower heads from Water Management are a gift from the engineering gods to anyone with low water pressure. I canít emphasize enough how well this product works living up to every single claim made on the website. Itís so nice to find something that sounds almost too good to be true and discover that it really is. In addition the folks running the business are some of the nicest people Iíve had the pleasure of dealing with, both online and over the phone.

Another favorite (if your water pressure is nice and high) is the water-pik cascadia. Very sensual and relaxing.
December 12th, 2006 at 11:20 am




Everyone -- stumbled on this forum doing my research for a low flow shower head...and had seen the prior posts both pro/con about the low flow heads from Water Management. I had two showers that I wanted better flow at -- my shower in the basement (previously a Delta with a handle), and a regular head that I suspect was original builder's equipment (can't find a brand name) in the master.

My flow on the Delta in the basement was ok-- not great, but ok. The shower in the master was pathetic -- not sure if the water pressure is lower on the 2nd floor, or if the head was bad -- but just not acceptable performance. After reading on a few sites, I decided to try Water Management's Fire Hydrant (BTW-- agree with the prior posts--- uncommon similarity between sites that glow about the Fire Hydrant!)

Anyway, installed the handled product in the basement and the typical head off the master. Flow is significantly improved in both places. Mostly this appears to be an artifact of smaller holes on the spray setting-- but the pressure is more pleasing and seems to "scrub" the soap off better. The massage setting actually works (didn't really do anything on prior heads-- not enough pressure). I'd tried a couple of other heads from Lowe's/Home Depot without being satisfied, so this was a nice resolution. Importantly, I didn't compare this to any other Low Flow heads I found on the internet, so I can't give any comparative thoughts. My wife was very happy with her new shower head as well. ("ooh" was the verbatim!)

Net, while I wouldn't call these a 'miracle' from the engineering gods, they do do what is promised, and I'm satisfied. Also, it's clear that Water Management values their customers -- the heads were well protected by bubble wrap and packing peanuts-- teflon tape and spare washers were also included. (God knows, I have enough teflon tape, but it's still a nice touch.)

I don't intend to be a regular poster here. My "day job" is marketing research -- so I know the importance of accurate info -- and wanted to provide a "real" review of the products discussed here. While I find 'fake' reviews deplorable, I guess it's a bit easier to forgive if the product lives up to its billing.

Redwood
12-07-2008, 09:03 AM
No doubt they are a client of your marketing research company!
So you notice all the threads on this forum that come up real high on the google search engine...
There was one company not long ago that tried something similar.
It was a bonehead move because on almost every search for that company or product the forum listed higher than the company...
Now if we were to get downright nasty towards your scam artist company these attempt at advertising cold be like a fart in church...
All it takes is key words...
Like...
Water Management, inc. showerhead sucks.
Water Management, inc. showerhead = awful shower
low water pressure fire hydrant spa junk
I'd rather stab an ice pick in my eyes than use a low water pressure fire hydrant.

Post again and I'll spend some time on the key words...

geogridshorthair
01-03-2009, 05:56 PM
A couple of weeks ago I was reading this thread looking for help on my shower that had low volume.

After reading the info on takeashower.com I linked to their web site and purchased the hand-held and the sink faucet products.

After buying their products I returned to this thread and learned about this SYBIL stuff. I was quite concerned about whether I just wasted my money. However, once the product arrived it appeared to be of reasonable quality.

I have not installed the product yet mainly because my low flow condition was fixed.

My reason for this message is because I contacted takeashower.com to return the products and tell them about the sybil stuff on this thread.

A representative of the company and the owner of the company took the time to hear my concerns regarding the internet sybil stuff and here is their response.

From: Gary [mailto:gary@takeashower.com]
Sent: Friday, January 02, 2009 9:50 PM
To: stevemiller@laderasystems.net
Subject: Thank You

Good Evening Mr Miller:

Earlier this evening I spoke with Sam, who told me about your phone call. Needless to say, when my companyís reputation is at stake, I feel obligated to personally respond as well.

First of all, I greatly appreciate you listening to our side of the story, and giving us the opportunity to at least try and set the record straight. Unfortunately I cannot prevent the slander and untruths that are written about us; but I can and must defend my company, and myself.

Sam informed me that you no longer really needed the products you ordered from us, but had agreed to try them in another application. I certainly want to thank you for doing this, but nevertheless, I have already authorized a full refund (including all postage) of your original purchase price, in the amount of $93.10. This amount has been credited back to your American Express account, ending in #1009. This credit will appear on your account within 2-3 business days. Please, try the products we sent you and if you are not 100% satisfied then simply discard, you do not have to return anything. If you are 100% satisfied, then you can call our Store and make payment Ė if you wish.

Mr Miller, Sam told me that you were also a business owner. If that is the case then I hope you never encounter, and are never forced to deal with the lies and slander that I have to.

Cordially,

Gary Auritt
CEO & Founder
Water Management, Inc
228 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
617 267 2299
800 249 2299
gary@takeashower.com

They clearly stand behind their products and their company; if you check out their web site there are numerous unbiased testimonials and an excellent BBB rating.

I will be installing the product later this week and if it works as advertised I will pay them the money, if not, I will return the product to them and pay the postage.

steve in Southern CA










i think this is a sybil attack where coordinating aliases help each other out. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reputation_system#Attacks_on_reputation_systems

here we have two identities claiming to be real people, and of course this could give rise to claims of being sincere.

i think that instead of deleting these posts and others with the same text, it could be good to edtit them down to a very small size so that they remain recorded.

david

brickhouse
01-08-2009, 04:31 AM
I can't believe I made an account here just to reply to this, but here it is. I wanted a new showerhead. My water pressure isn't terrible, but isn't great; I want great. I travel a lot and every time I am in a hotel I am jealous of the shower quality. So I searched around and stumbled upon all this conspiracy crap about takeashower.com. I checked out their website and claims, and decided I have to know for myself. For $46 including shipping, I am about to put a rest to this stupid, stupid conversation, at least in my own mind. The way I see it, they are either a total scam, mediocre, or great, and perhaps guilty of some misguided self-promotion. It is worth the small monetary risk to me to find out. I ordered a chrome fire hydrant shower head a couple days ago and I am in MA, so hopefully I get it today and can install it and post a review tomorrow. Wish me luck.

brickhouse
01-16-2009, 11:48 AM
final verdict: it works as advertised, but it's not working miracles - most of the improvement is likely due to the fact that there is just no restrictor plate. it does have a highly adjustable range of sprays though (i got the fire hydrant model), including the max point that felt great but blasted out so much water i did not have enough hot water to finish a shower. i was able to find a nice happy medium between a good strong pressure and not using up all the hot water. i'm not sure if something for $25 at home depot or lowes would have done the same trick, so it's still possible that it is overpriced, but i can definitely say my shower is probably twice as good as it was with my old head.

Jeff Schiff
05-26-2009, 08:11 AM
I also have the "low pressure well water problem" and read every article I could find about Shower heads, etc. I was very concerned about the discussions regarding phony posts and wasn't sure what to do. I took a chance and bought the shower head from Takeashower.com. The following is the letter I wrote to the President of that company.

"A couple of weeks ago, I bought the Spa head for my house in N.C. We have very low well pressure there and I've been suffering with miserable showers. The Spa head is terrific. I couldn't believe the difference. I had read a lot of stuff on blogs about phony posts; however, I took a chance on you and I'm glad I did. I don't know how it works and don't care. I get to take great showers and that's all that counts. Well done guys.
Thanks again."
Jeff Schiff
Whittier, NC

Bottom line - it works.

schtuka
09-06-2009, 12:11 PM
Well, I decided to try this Spa shower head from takeashower.com. I live in the city and have very low preassure in the shower and my wife is constantly complaining. When I receive and install it I will report here.
I also registered here just to help other with my good or bad experience.
About me:
I design high end kitchens and bathrooms. In bathrooom designs I use mostly German products.

schtuka
09-23-2009, 05:33 PM
Ok Guys and Gals I suppose.
I ordered Fire Hydrant September 6th with Priority Mail delivery option. Almost 2 weeks later still was waiting. Wrote a letter to company. The guy answered, appologized for mishap, sent me confirmation with tracking number. I got it yesterday. I have installed it in my wife's shower which has pretty bad preassure. I think this bad boy increased preassure about 2.5 times. Not bad. You can actually feel water hitting your body. I was so impressed that immediatelly took my clothes off and went for it.
I have no affiliation with this company and thinking about taking short video and youtube it. I have to take it down this week cause wife wants previous shower head with hose to clean the shower walls, this gives me an opportunity to shoot the video.
End of story. It works, at least in my case of vintage condo bathroom with shower stall build off the tub plumbing.

Lucem
10-08-2009, 01:41 PM
Well then, will add my two cents - I live in Lagos, Nigeria. As you can imagine low water pressure here is pretty much everyone's problem, but that usually doesn't matter as most people simply bathe from a bucket. Unfortunately having lived in the UK most of my life, a bowl and bucket simply won't cut it for me :-)

My shower on the first floor simply does not work at all - the pressure just about gets to the hand basin and toilet, so I shower downstairs - but the pressure is soo low that a shower there is such a disappointing start to everyday.

Anyway, after talking to several semi-qualified plumbers, and installing all sorts of crap - pressure pumps (which burst my pipes), big shower heads, small shower heads, etc, I finally decided to ask the all knowing Google, and stumbled across this forum. After reading all the above comments, I have now ordered several fire hydrant handheld shower heads and faucet aerators from Water Management Inc/takeashower.com and have also registered on this forum to let you know how it all turns out.

Will update you all in a couple of weeks when the units arrive. I think the "Africa test" should just about put to rest the question of whether or not the company sells a decent product or not.

Lucem
11-20-2009, 08:52 AM
So, my shower heads from Water Management Inc/takeashower.com finally arrived Lagos last week. I fitted one Spa Deluxe Hand Held Shower Head in the upstairs bath, and a second one of the same model shower head downstairs where the pressure is a little better. Verdict? EXCELLENT. I also bought and installed a couple of the Swivel-Jet Faucet Aerators for the kitchen sink and master sink, and it's pretty amazing how much better the flow is. Back to the shower heads - they look pretty much like any other shower heads, in fact I would say slightly smaller than usual, but the key as to why they work better is they seem to force the water out of fewer holes in the head while interspersing the water with tiny air bubbles which are allowed to pass through at the same time, and the arrangement/pattern of the spray is made for minimal dispersion of the water. I was amazed really - it just gives a better shower experience for low pressure users. The pressure doesnt actually change, it just sends it through the shower head differently, and that's what gives you the better flow. About the faucet aerators - only cost about $10 each, and it's worth it - lets you adjust the angle and flow in the sink, quite convenient really. Hope that's helpful to anyone thinking of purchasing from takeashower.com!

hj
11-21-2009, 02:13 PM
Now that we are getting more, and better information, such as good pressure at the sink next to the shower, it limits the possible causes. Inside the valve where the pipes go up to the shower and down to the tub, there is a "restrictor" device. It has a fairly small annular ring around ti and that can get clogged causing symptoms such as yours. One possible cure is to blow compressed air into the spout opening while the two stems are remove so any movable debris can be blown out. If that doesn't do the trick, then I usually have to disconnect the shower riser, remove the restrictor, then connect the spout with a "twin ell" and repipe the shower riser down to the back opening of the twin ell. You also have to use a 3/4" diverter spout, which sometimes comes with the ell.

pitonyak
01-13-2010, 05:03 PM
I currently have a removable shower head that works poorly. I don't mean that it was manufactured junk, just that it works poorly now. Not sure if it gummed up inside or if something broke inside.

After all of the doom and gloom and concern over who is posting what, and who is a fraud, I may try one of those takeashower.com heads. Would have already ordered it if their site were not down for maintenance.

So, if I actually do get one of these, should I video the installation and use (no, I don't mean you can watch me take a shower :eek:, no one wants to see that).

After I have a new one to install, I will probably take apart my current head to see what the problem is. I expect, however, that if I take it apart:


I won't be able to get it back together
I won't be able to return it to waterpick under their "lifetime" warranty.


One of my biggest complaints about my current system is that I want the shower head higher. I had always assumed that the stem coming out of the wall was one piece, now that I think about it, I should check; I might be able to use an "S" head thing to mount the head higher. Hmmm. Any idea if that would work with a removable shower head?

jadnashua
01-13-2010, 06:55 PM
I had always assumed that the stem coming out of the wall was one piece, now that I think about it, I should check; I might be able to use an "S" head thing to mount the head higher. Hmmm. Any idea if that would work with a removable shower head?

There are 'S' shaped shower arms. Keep in mind you have to screw the thing in, so there's a limit how high up you can go before it will hit on the ceiling instead of letting you screw it in.

An alternative is to use a handheld on a mount or a sliding bar.

One interesting solution (not inexpensive), is the Grohe Freehander. It comes in several mounting configurations. http://www.groheamerica.com/p/25_7848.html

pitonyak
01-13-2010, 07:01 PM
That is interesting...

I understand that all shower heads in the USA must be low flow to save water. Now, the pictured unit two shower heads. Can each shower head put out the "maximum". My guess is yes.

pitonyak
02-01-2010, 10:15 PM
Jim,

My shower head from takeashower.com still has not arrived (2.5 weeks), so I was looking for closely at the Grohe Freehander that you suggested. The more I look at it, the more I like it... Except, as you say, it is not inexpensive. It was not clear to me how true this was until I started looking more seriously.... Over $300, Wowser! The nice thing, however, is that each head is independent... Hmmm. Now that would be nice.

cactus70
02-07-2010, 11:01 AM
Hi, I ordered a shower head from TakeaShower.com based on this thread back in December. I asked for expedited service on web site and after 4 weeks did not receive the shower head. Thinking I had been frauded out of $100 I looked up the contact info and called the number. To my suprise someone actually called me back (left a message) and profusely apologized, returned my money for the expedited service (about $15.00) and told me some story about a problem with their ordering system (not sure I bought it). In two days there it was on my doorstep. I ran upstairs and installed it immediately.

Now does it work? YES! I had pretty low water pressure in my main shower (1942 Dutch Colonial with a bunch of additions) Amazing the difference, the only problem is, it dumps water so fast, I actually run out of hot water if the wife and I shower back to back. BTW - I bought it based on reviews from this forum, so I thought I should come back and report my experience. Feel free to email me and I will email you back to confirm I am real person.

-Some guy in Hartford County, CT

pitonyak
02-11-2010, 03:00 PM
I ordered on January 13. Had not received on February 8, so, I called. They had an interesting list of dubious reasons that they had not yet shipped. I could explain why I consider them dubious, but that is not very important. They were very polite, refunded my shipping costs, and my stuff arrived on February 10 with a post mark of February 8.

I removed the previous attachment from the water pipe, and found out why I had barely a trickle of water. It was not because my head was clogged, it was because there was a flow restricter that was full of calcium crud. In other words, I probably did not need to purchase a new head after all.

The items were packed very well. The hose was separated from the removable head. I really like the hose, it feels sturdier than others I have used, yet, it is very flexible and hangs well. It should be noted that I really dislike my previous hose, a replacement I purchased at a local store.

The hose has two different ends. The directions indicate which end connects to what, but, they do not tell you to remove the clear plastic piece that covers the end that attaches to the removable head.

Installation was very easy. I used Teflon on the threads, and things just went together. My previous water pipe is a bit low. This new unit sticks up a few inches, which is just enough for me to be able to angle it in place as I desire and have very nice directional water flow. This is an unexpected bonus.

The adjustment range goes very nicely from off, through a very strong massage. I was very impressed with the quality of the shower. By this, I mean that it just felt like I had a lot of water hitting me. I have very thick slightly curly hair, and normally it is a bit arduous removing all the soap from my hair. I will admit lingering a wee bit longer than usual in the shower this morning because I was enjoying it so much.

I asked my wife how she liked it, and I received a similar reaction from her. She said that the kids were banging on the door telling her to come out.

I had not expected the difference to be so distinct. After all, this shower head (about $69 I think) is less expensive than my previous water head (about $79 five years ago if my memory serves me correctly).

If I require a new hose, I will definitely order a replacement directly from them (because I really like the hose). The same is true for the head. This makes me wonder about their shower heads that are not removable. I wonder how they differ from their removable units.

Two weeks ago, my wife dropped our old unit and it fell on her toe. The new unit is much smaller in size and lighter. Just a thought....

They included two extra rubber gaskets in case they are needed. That surprised me. Do not be fooled by the inclusion and assume that you must use them. These are SPARES. Nice touch.

I am sold. Buy one of these and give it a try. I have a feeling, however, that the order speed may be slow. If I choose to order another, I will probably call them.

Side note: I ordered two of their faucet aerators. These are on pivots, so that you can move them around to spray all around the sink. I have not tried them yet. If there is interest, I will install one and post a review of that. The shower head was a higher priority for...

Sky
03-06-2010, 04:34 PM
Visiting my daughter in a rural area -- well-water on a pump. I tired of showering with only a dribble of water.

Google quickly pointed me toward the Fire Hydrant Showerhead and I decided to give it a try. I goofed on her address when ordering online, so had to call after the order was placed. They made the correction and even though the error was mine, they expedited the order. Great -- that meant it arrived today while I was here to install and give it a try.

No tool installation, and .... I don't know how they do it, but the showerhead creates a real shower. Even the various settings work, and this is very low pressure. Guess we'll order for her second bathroom, and probably one for myself even though I don't suffer from low pressure. This is the solution to low pressure problems in the shower.

raygunclan
09-17-2010, 11:25 AM
i come to this website whenever i need advice on my old house's plumbing. so when i needed a new showerhead for my 3 daughters' bathroom, i began my research here.

this is my experience with takeashower.com's hand held showerhead.

i will say that when i read posts written by people who clearly are associated with the company, i automatically assume that the product is crap. but for some reason, i decided to purchase anyways. however, before i purchased, i emailed them to see how long it would take to ship (somewhere in the northeast to central florida). it was a saturday and they told me that if i placed my order before 3 that it would ship out the same day. as long as it shipped out by wednesday, i was ok, but saturday was good too. :) i place my order at 2:55 on saturday. (i'm kind of a brat.) i am not kidding when i tell you that it was delivered around 2 pm monday afternoon. i was shocked. i almost came on here to post this before i even had a chance to use it, but decided to only post once. (our handyman was fixing a leak in the shower that was leaking onto our plasma tv downstairs. not good!!!)
so that i wouldn't be considered a plant, i took video. i turned on the shower with the old head (which was actually a brand new american standard head that came with the handles and spout that said handyman had just replaced.) and videoed the water coming out. it was coming out so slow that the water didn't even fall in a straight line for a full foot. i then switched out the heads (having never tried the new one before) and turned it on. it took a couple of seconds to get the water through the hose to the head (which caused me a monent of "crap!!!") but i have to say that this showerhead is the real deal! although the waterpressure wasn't incredible, it was significantly stronger than before.
so for me, INCREDIBLY fast shipping and an honestly great product that does exactly what it says it will.
if anyone is interested in the video, let me know. i tried to figure out how to put it on here, but i'm just not that bright. :)

fuel to fire
05-01-2011, 02:41 PM
I am a newbie to the forum but I have been having this problem for quite some time , I have good hot water at the sinks but at the tub and shower I have very low hot water pressure , i have delta faucets that use cartridges so after I turned off the hot water supply , I removed the hot water shower cartridge and plugged the tub and shower spouts and I then opened the cold water side , this forced cold water back through the shower and tub heads backwards through the body of the hot water fitting forcing all the sediments that was causing the problem out the hot water valve , removed the plugs reinstalled the hot water cartridge and WALA ,, so far so good ,, awesome forum by the way