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No hot water.

My single handle shower Price Pfisher only allows cold and warm water. I am having difficulty removing it. Can I access necessary area from the front? I have no back access. Many thanks!

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Remove handle (screw driver) then remove plate (same tool). just inside the valve is a small round bit of plastic with little teeth on it. this the temp control. remove this by popping it out and turn it about a quarter turn clockwise. this will allow the handle to turn more into the hot zone.

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