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    Default Shower head restrictor

    I have single handle pfister that I had put in. The plumber put in the cartridge and I put in the rest. I really like the way it looks but not how the shower head works because of the water pressure restrictor. When I unscrewed the shower head, I found an o-ring that was blocking this green thing with holes in it. I removed the o-ring and the pressure improved some but was still weak. I noticed that the green thing has 4 tabs that fit into hole of the washer blocking most of the water. What water that does goes though these little holes . I tried to remove it with small flathead but it won't budge. I'm thinking of getting out my drill but I don't want to damage the showerhead. How do I remove this thing?

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    Default Re: Shower head restrictor

    Today's shower heads are designed to deliver 2.5 gallons per minute or less. This is a water saving thing.

    Why don't you do this simple test: remove the shower head, but not the neck, then run the water and see if you get a good flow.

    If yes, install another shower head.

    If no, you may have a blockage in the riser to the head. What kind of piping do you have?

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    Default Re: Shower head restrictor

    Quote Originally Posted by dj1 View Post
    Today's shower heads are designed to deliver 2.5 gallons per minute or less. This is a water saving thing.

    Why don't you do this simple test: remove the shower head, but not the neck, then run the water and see if you get a good flow.

    If yes, install another shower head.

    If no, you may have a blockage in the riser to the head. What kind of piping do you have?
    Hi dij,

    I guess I'm not explaining this right. There is nothing wrong with the flow already tested it. The shower head had an o-ring that covered the green water pressure restrictor which I removed. This did help a little but not a enough. I also noticed that there 4 tabs the protrude from the green water pressure restrictor that prevent the main flow of water. What water does get through goes through these little holes in the green water pressure restrictor.

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    Default Re: Shower head restrictor

    Replace the shower head.

    At less than $10 they're not worth your time.

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    Default Re: Shower head restrictor

    Quote Originally Posted by dj1 View Post
    Replace the shower head.

    At less than $10 they're not worth your time.
    Maybe not to you but I spent $150 on this thing and I am now unemployed. So yes, I would like to know to safely remove it.

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    Default Re: Shower head restrictor

    If the restrictor is in the threaded portion that screws onto the shower neck sticking out of the wall, then it should come out. Use the tip of a pocket knife or similar small but strong item to get under the edge and pull it out.

    If that doesn't work, then carefully go at it with a drill bit. Start small, maybe an 1/8" bit and test your work. If you like what you've got, stop, if you want more, drill a little larger hole.

    IMHO, what good is a "water saver" shower head when it cuts the water flow in half which requires a shower twice as long to get the job done? Don't get me wrong, water saver devices are a good thing, but often times they are ill conceived, designed, and implemented.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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