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Old 12-26-2010, 01:17 PM   #1
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Shower shut off

Installed hand held oxygenics shower-head that does not have a built in shut-off. Only has restricted flow control built in. Any suggestions to install a shut-off would be appreciated. Trying to keep it neat looking for the DW.

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Old 12-26-2010, 01:59 PM   #2
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I purchased an on / off valve at an Ace Hardware store for mine. It is chrome and the threads all match up.

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Here ya go:
Shower Flow Control by Do It Best Import Tw - 417686 - More Chrome fittings and connectors at doitbest.com

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Old 12-26-2010, 05:57 PM   #4
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Hi Hocky,
Go to
Shower Water Turn Totally Onn Off Valve - iRV2.com RV Photo Gallery to see another way to have an on/off. The red handled device can be purchased at any home improvement store.
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Thanks everyone for your answers.
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I too purchased a cut off valve at the local home improvement store.. One thing.. And this can be a curse or a blessing.

The modern shower cut off valves tend to allow a slow drip of water. I'm not sure why but back when OFF meant OFF.. I'd hear complaints of either a burst of overly HOT or COLD water when you turned it back on.. Not so much with the OFF meaning drips a lot.

If you want a real OFF then the hose fittings are 1/2 inch IPT thread and you can use any 1/2 inch valve just fine. I did t hat too for a while.
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This topic arose on another forum a few years back. One responder claiming to be a professional whiz bang plumber said this is intentionally done (that's kinda obvious,eh). If you install a full shutoff, some terrible things will happen. I unfortunately do not remember what those things were, but I DO remember that it was designed that way.
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Old 12-29-2010, 11:38 PM   #8
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The original shower had a shut-off built in? Don't know what bad stuff can happen. I'll give it a shot when things warm up down here in frigid Florida. Thanks.........
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There was talk of a scalding hazard if full shutoffs were used mostly aimed at protecting children. The water store shutoffs mentioned above do a good job of full shutoff but tend to wear out. I buy them five at a time and carry spares.

I have also made a full shutoff by buying a diverter valve at Home Depot and capping the unused side.

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