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    DIY Junior Member bloyd's Avatar
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    Default Need help with new bathtub handles!

    I just changed the bathtub handles, stem or cartridge(the part that turns), and the plastic cap and spring. It doesnt leak anymore but now I have a problem with water flow

    When I turn the new handle past halfway the water ALMOST turns back off.

    so as I turn the handle to halfway its at its heaviest flow of water and if I keep turning the water slows down like im turning it off but to turn it off I have to turn it back to the left.

    It does this on both sides. Off is completely off. All the way to the right is minimal water flow and half turn is heaviest flow.

    I also dont think its pushing as much water out as it use too.

    Im not sure why its doing so so anyone have ideas? is it the new cartridges? do they not let enough water through?

    Could I put in the old ones back? im not sure if it was these that leaked or just the spring and plastic cap(stem?) that leaked.

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    A picture and model of the valve you're talking about might help?!
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    Delta tub handle replacement kit from lowes. The valve i assumse is delta too, house is old and it hasnt been changed in over 20 years

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    Sounds like they sold you the wrong handle. Check the old handle to see that the stops are in the same place as the new one.

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    Delta handles should ONLY rotate either a 1/4 or 1/2 turn, depending on the handles. If they turn more than half way, they WILL begin to turn off again. You either have the wrong stems, or handles, or they are installed wrong.
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    hmmm well the old handles were delta and i just bought a delta replacement kit.

    could the cartridges be wrong? Im going to put the old ones back and and see if that fixes my problem but hopefully those wasnt was leaking in the first place.

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