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    Thanks all. Much appreciated. We'll start with the bushing as that's easy (as Terry indicates).

    As for the early (good) comment about "significant length of galvanized pipe" somewhere hidden... it's interesting that there is none. On a previous job we'd replaced nearly all the main lines in the house with Wirsbo. There just isn't any, AND this problem didn't exist prior to the bathroom being done. It's intriguing and I'll report back. I'm still extremely suspicious of a drywall screw in the post-valve line (which isn't under pressure). Again, the other output of the iBox valve that goes to the hand-held doesn't have this problem. So, it must be in that measly 1' or so of line (mostly 3/4" PEX to the brass mounting elbow with the galvanized reducer). It's really an amazing amount of rust for a short 24 hour period.

    I'll report back (maybe with a photo of the burst of brown - that, again, always runs completely clear within 1 second). :-)

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    UPDATE (for the proverbial record):
    The problem was, indeed, that galvanized reducer. The plumber removed it and the end of it was very rusty.
    This was a brand new reducer (and he only put it in because he didn't have brass at the moment he needed it). It was a pain to get it out, but he agreed that he really shouldn't have used it. It was just the edge (not the interior)... and I guess sometimes the galvanization isn't so good. It was amazing how much rust could be produced in a mere 12 hours. I've attached a photo of it; it was brand new just 3 months ago! Also interesting, was the rust would drift down the supply to a lower spot such that the first few inches of water would be mostly clear (which is why I thought there might be a screw in that pipe a bit further back closer to the valve).
    Anyway, it was replaced with a proper brass one and there you are, no rust.
    Thanks to all for the feedback.
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    Yep.
    Right again!
    Loving it.
    It was a good day skiing today too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    Yep.
    Right again!
    Loving it.
    It was a good day skiing today too.
    You nailed it! And it was the FAR simpler solution (though the guy had a difficult time with his extractor).

    Man, I think it's safe to say I've given up skiing. Hurts too much when falling and bruises appear out of nowhere. Kind of a sad admission to aging.

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    So a plumber used an iron reducer for a copper pipe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIKE007 View Post
    So a plumber used an iron reducer for a copper pipe?
    Sounds like he ate the callback. They don't call him Rusty for nothin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluebinky View Post
    Sounds like he ate the callback. They don't call him Rusty for nothin.
    Must not have read the previous part of the thread. That was probably asking too much.

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