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Old 02-13-2014, 01:07 AM   #11
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and if i have to replace the galvanized pipe.. that is going to be a rough one.. since thats all i can see underneath
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The galvanized piping is probably releasing some debris from time to time- while you are working on the faucet, make sure you inspect and clear the "diverter" (if a 3 handle- remove diverter stem and clear it, if a 2 handle faucet, you may have to disassemble the faucet to check and clear it)- it may have collected some of the debris.
However, this will probably be and ongoing problem as long as you have the galvanized pipes...

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Old 02-13-2014, 05:36 AM   #13
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Have seen scale build up in older galvanized pipes so bad a #2 pencil would not fit in a 3/4 inch pipe. If you are Off-grade and can get under the house, you can run new supply lines to the tub. If on a slab, you are out of luck without major work.
I would remove the seats and see if there is a way to clean any build up out behind them.
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:44 AM   #14
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I just wrestled with a plumbing problem that had gotten sand got into the pipe during repairs. I ended up replacing the pipe, up, over and down again and all nicely insulated. The sand collected in the shower water mixer tube and selector valve causing weak water flow from the spout and the shower head. I ended up having to turn the water off, remove shower valve stems, bucket over open valve assemblies, turn the water on to blow out sand, reverse flushed spout, shower head and reassembled everything. That took care of the problem.
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:44 PM   #15
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Your house was originally plumbed with Galvanize Rigid Pipe. Steel Pipe.

The copper pipe has been installed to replace the Galvanized Rigid Pipe, sometime prior to your ownership. Unfortunately Galvanized Rigid Pipe rusts from the inside out. It's life expectancy is limited.

I think your next step is to turn off the water, (this is done at the meter with a "Tee Bar", I have one if needed) take the "stems" out of the faucet, turn the water on at the meter, and try to blow / flush out the pipes.

This will be tricky, and I suggest two people. One at the plumbing fixture (shower) and one at the meter, with both on an open phone line to each other for immediate communication ability.

See what come out of the pipes.

I would volunteer Corrina, however; me and plumbing do not get along.

My wife even calls the plumber.
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