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Water pressure drops after a few seconds to almost nothing...

I removed all of the pieces and the water flow is fine until I hook the hose up. The water comes out just fine for a few seconds and then reduces to almost a trickle, you can barely shower. There is no debris in the set-up.

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In the hand held shower head where the hose attaches to shower head. In the head there could be a flow restrictor. It may be rubber or plastic. In some cases you can remove it, or check if something is blocking it. Also try running the shower without the head on to see if there is some debris in the hose, and to check your water flow.

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

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    John Aary Nov 03, 2013

    I am having a similar problem, i have a shower head with removeable handheld sprayer. I removed the handheld sprayer from the hose and water comes out full pressure from the hose but when i put the sprayer back on no water at all

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