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    So the contractor is talking about installing a...

    So the contractor is talking about installing a pump for the tub only that would be placed between the thermostatic valve and the spout. I think he is sort of pulling this one out of you know where....
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    Raising the water tank would cost more like...

    Raising the water tank would cost more like $5,000,000. It's the size of a small house and is enclosed in the top of the building!

    Also can't raise pressure at the source, since that's building...
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    Very useful information, thanks. How about a...

    Very useful information, thanks. How about a pump like the Grunfos MQ shown here?

    http://www.houseneeds.com/shop/plumbing/grundfos/grundfosjetpumpbuypage.asp

    This one seem like it has a small...
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    I would need to do more than squeak. I would...

    I would need to do more than squeak. I would probably have to hire a lawyer.

    So Redwood, what's the issue with running hot water through a pump?
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    Ok so maybe a stupid question, but does copper...

    Ok so maybe a stupid question, but does copper galvanize? All of the original pipes are copper.
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    Don't know about galvanized pipes. Most of the...

    Don't know about galvanized pipes. Most of the run of pipe is new 3/4" copper, done for this installation. However, the first five feet or so may be sixty years old. So I need to check the static...
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    Yeah, I already politely raised that issue with...

    Yeah, I already politely raised that issue with the building. Didn't get very far.

    What issues does hot water raise? Pump problems?

    I'm also concerned about noise. The only place I could...
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    The truth hurts sometimes! If this were...

    The truth hurts sometimes!

    If this were just a normal house application, I could put in a pump from the main from the street. Since I am in a building and have separate hot/cold supplies...
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    Need advice on boosting water pressure

    My bathroom remodeling in a 1930 apartment building in NYC came to a halt today. When installing plumbing to the new tub we found that we only get 10-15 psi of pressure (through a 3/4" thermostatic...
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    In talking this through with the plumber, we...

    In talking this through with the plumber, we think we can solve the problem using the Kohler laminar spout. We can't mount it directly overhead due to a pre-existing glass ceiling that would be too...
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    Thanks for that information. Unfortunately, the...

    Thanks for that information. Unfortunately, the tub is already paid for (and arrived Monday), and I don't think this would work on my particular Duravit model. The tub rim angles back sharply at...
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    Have you seen a Kohler ceiling mounted laminar...

    Have you seen a Kohler ceiling mounted laminar spout in operating in person?
    Just curious if the thing really works as advertised.
  13. So what I should see in a thermostatic valve in...

    So what I should see in a thermostatic valve in this situation is a lower pressure flow of water (all from the hot line that is not "hot" yet) until the hot water arrives at the preset temperature,...
  14. Thanks for all the information. Very interesting...

    Thanks for all the information. Very interesting and informative. Now I am really curious how the whole building system works and will have to ask the super and plumbers.

    One thing to consider...
  15. Are most high quality thermostatic valves (i.e....

    Are most high quality thermostatic valves (i.e. Grohe) also pressured balanced? I don't see much mention of this looking through the online catalogs.
  16. Got it. Does a balanced pressure valve also...

    Got it.

    Does a balanced pressure valve also run full flow hot until the hot arrives?

    Also, does a thermostatic valve protect against temperature changes with pressure drops (i.e. a toilet...
  17. Thanks for the creative input. This would be...

    Thanks for the creative input. This would be great, but probably won't work in my application. Because it's a 1930 apartment building with solid masonry walls and floors (and everything is crammed...
  18. What does a thermostatic valve do while "waiting" for hot water?

    Still debating the merits of balanced pressure vs. thermostatic for my new shower, never having owned either before.

    Since I'm on the 32nd floor of a building, I have to turn on the shower and...
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    The integral filler I wanted to use was part of a...

    The integral filler I wanted to use was part of a Duravit "Second Floor" tub. Duravit doesn't sell the tub in the USA or Canada and won't sell me one (I already called them and tried).

    What...
  20. Redwood, I follow you on this. And yes that is...

    Redwood,
    I follow you on this. And yes that is indeed the Harrington unit I am considering. I do have the advantage of knowing what I'm installing, and if it breaks I don't need to waste 5 hours...
  21. [QUOTE=Redwood;144384]I feel for you... Nice...

    [QUOTE=Redwood;144384]I feel for you... Nice foo-foo stuff... I charge through the nose to fix it!


    Is it decent quality stuff or prone to needing repairs? I am just looking at them because they...
  22. Thanks for the helpful responses. A few...

    Thanks for the helpful responses.

    A few clarifications and questions:

    I am mainly considering Harrington units because they would match the Harrington lavatory set I already have. If anyone...
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    Are you serious or joking? What is a trajectory...

    Are you serious or joking? What is a trajectory spout?
  24. Do thermostatic valves supply higher GPM than balanced pressure units?

    I am trying to decide on a new valve setup for my shower (shower head only, no tub or handspray). I am looking at several units from Harrington Brass.

    A sales rep in a local dealer said that...
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    I've decided to go with the Kohler laminar flow...

    I've decided to go with the Kohler laminar flow flush wall mount spout. I'll post back here with a review once it's installed.
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