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Delta 600 series single handle shower. replaced cam, ball, and seals and springs. still, VERY little cold water when turned to "full cold". (thought changing the RP212 ball was the answer - no go.). Could my pipes be calced ? (Cold in bathroom sink faucet workds fine...)

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Hi,
The hole under the seal and spring for the cold side is plugged with dirt....
a small screw driver will sometimes do the trick, and sometimes you need to unhook the piping underneath and blow air back through it...

heatman101

Posted on Aug 23, 2010

  • lkowalski Aug 25, 2010

    Thanks Heatman - I cleaned the flow hole when I replaced the seat and spring. I did so again, at your suggestion (obviously, I could not go too deep as there is a 90 degree elbow about 4 inches in). Put eveything together - no change. So, I removed all of the faucet hardware and compared the flow of hot and cold separately, using just the shut-off valves and checking the flow through the "raw" holes. The flow is equal, so I assume there is no pipe blockage. The pushbutton diverter is broken (has been since we bought the house) and the previous owners simply replaced the nozzle (simple pull-up) rather than replace the pushbutton. I am going to remove the pushbutton and insert a plug. I am now thinking that the pushbutton diverter is affecting the cold water flow. I'll let you know what happens. Thanks again for your input - I really appreciate it. Cheers. Joe - State College PA.

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