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A. Spruce
Re: Leaking shower - how to remove stem??

It didn't used to be unusual. Basically you set the temp with the normal mixing valves then are able to turn the whole thing on/off with the "master" valve. It's primary purpose is to temporarily control the water flow when necessary, as opposed to set it once and forever more have the perfect shower setting.

nylicens
Re: Leaking shower - how to remove stem??

Interesting. The handle on this goes from "Off" to "Cold", to "Hot". So you adjust it for the temperature. You just have no control over the force of the water pressure. (See picture and click on it to enlarge)

A. Spruce
Re: Leaking shower - how to remove stem??

Then we're talking about two different things. Sounds like someone installed a shower valve in line with the tub valves because they were too cheap to buy a combo valve.

bp21901
Re: Leaking shower - how to remove stem??

If I understand the description correctly, I have seen a similar type of setup in a couple older physical therapy clinics. In the whirlpool area, they keep the one "mixer" valve at the desired temperature and never touch it. They turn the supply on and off with the second valves which they open up all the way when they turn them on. As I said, these are older clinics and they are probably due for a renovation because the newer clinics don't have that set up!

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