My apartment complex has one centralized boiler system for the whole complex, and the plumbing is such that the farther away you are from the boiler, the less hot water you get, and my apartment is pretty far away. I may be able to compensate with a high flow shower head, but they don’t sell those anymore. I’ve seen some expensive ‘triple showerhead’ designs and may try one, but I wanted to check if any Dopers had a track on ‘pre-ban’ plumbing supplies. Since it’s not illegal to possess and use a high flow head, I don’t think I’m violating any SDMB rules here.
I know this is a boring question, but my lease is up next month and I don’t want to have to move just for more reliable hot water. Any ideas?
Most of the low-flow shower heads have a removable piece inside: remove that, and it’s back to a ‘normal’ flow shower head. It’s set up like this specifically for those who don’t have enough water pressure in their pipes: nothing more annoying than getting a nice new shower head, and not being able to effectively use it because the water pressure is too low to get past that regulator!
[I have done this with my relatively new shower head (4 months old): it was a little white plastic thingy that I just popped out with a screwdriver. Voila, no more problems with the water pressure not being high enough.]
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Another thumbs-up for popping out the restrictor. I was amazed to discover that my shower-head was constricted down to three pinholes.
Thanks for the input, all. I went home during lunch and popped out the flow restrictor - works great! Now I have a real shower again. The SDMB comes through!