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Some? Or all? Makes a differnece.

Some: Common feed line to those fixtures affected has a partially closed/corroded/broken valve/device on that line. Trace line, identify malfunction, replace or eliminate.

All: As above, *OR* very likely that outlet of HWT is corroded inside tank. Cut outlet/hot pipe, poke a screwdriver into the opening and clear blockage. Reasemble + test.

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Which faucets,, are they single lever or 2 handle,, single lever has temp contol and water savers so they will flow less and the more hot you want the less they let out as to not get burned,, if you have 2 handle they are not resticted and is probly the top flow

Posted on Jun 23, 2009

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