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Thread: Removing Low Flow Restrictor on Kohler Showerhead

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    Default Removing Low Flow Restrictor on Kohler Showerhead

    I removed the o-ring off the restrictor that was under the debris screen.
    I tried gently but the green restrictor part does not budge easily - hence the post.
    I'm not sure how Kohler got it in but is there any way of removing it without destroying it ?


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    I ended up drilling it out in a attempt to drill and then remove the green part in-whole.
    They have really got it put in. It's thick gauge plastic....that won't bend easily with a pick or needlenose plier.
    I removed as much as I could - cleaned it up with a round rasp (and even used a coarse round rasp very carefully) as the plastic is that thick !

    I'm sure I might have had better results if I was do it on the ~knuckle~ side, but I would not see a easy means of removing the head cover....and I did not want to mess with the finish that much doing any prying.

    Removing these on the Grohes is a walk in the park compared to this one

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    I skipped by this, but can't resist. Why do you think you need more water than the legal amount?

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    I use one of those shower heads, but I can't remember if I left the restrictor in or not. Sometimes my son James will remove them on installs.

    They are pretty nice shower heads.

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    For stronger water pressure.....of course

    It's all relative I suppose.

    Dishwashers take 2hrs to complete a cycle these days. Non phosphate powder cleans like crap...
    So I use less water but more electricity ...

    I've had my Miele guy go into the ~service menu~ on my laundry machine and increase the water level of the machine.

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    Hate to tell you, but water pressure does not increase by removing the flow restrictor. What is it you are removing? It's the FLOW restrictor, not a pressure regulator.

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    Gary,
    Drilling or removing the restrictor does let the shower head dump more water. It seems like more pressure.

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    Drill that sucker out and enjoy your shower!

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    This all assumes you have a big enough WH and the pipe sizes are sufficient, otherwise, it won't help much, or at least for long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefwong View Post
    Dishwashers take 2hrs to complete a cycle these days. Non phosphate powder cleans like crap...
    So I use less water but more electricity ...
    Dishwashers take longer now because they spend a lot of time soaking the dishes; they really don't use more electricity because the pumps aren't going full blast during those two hours. If you use the 1HR cycle like we have on our new Kenmore Elite dishwasher (amazing quality and performer), you use both more water and more electricity than on the 2.5 hour cycle Smart Wash.

    Anyway, we have found that Finish Powerball Tabs do an amazing job and are way cheaper than brands like Cascade. Better and cheaper -- a combo I like.

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    DW Powder is a whole nuther thread in itself ;-/
    Cascade Platinum or Finnish Quantum are priced fairly similar, but Quantum ethches certain glass in my brief testing...
    I'm still working off my stash of Phosphate DW powder.

    Fellow Plumbers, have you seen a SPIKE in dishwasher intalls/replacements over the past couple of years ?
    I can easily wonder how many consumers end up replacing their machine recently thinking it's just poor performaning, when the reality is - the current stuff on the market is just up to snuff, compared to the previous phosphate formulations..

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