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Pipe noise & low hot water pressure

I'm having some issues with the hot water in my shower. When I turn the faucet to hot, the pipes under my kitchen sink start to bang. The pipes continue to bang until I turn the shower faucet to warm (actually lukewarm. It makes for an uncomfortable shower). The water pressure is also low, though not intolerable. If I turn the bathroom sink or kitchen sink faucet on, the problem is remedied. The hot water in my kitchen and bathroom sinks are fine all the time. Any thoughts?

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The house was built in 1946. I've lived there for almost 3 years. This problem just started a few months ago. I have copper pipes and a gas hot water heater. I'm on city water.

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