Slow running faucet


I recently replaced our kitchen sink and faucet. The faucet is a Kohler Coralais single faucet with a pull out sprayer Model K059149 GR. The wife picked it because it was white to match the new sink. However the force or the flow rate out of the faucet is not as strong as I think it should be. Believe it is correctly installed. The valves under the sink are fully on. The aeriator filter is not clogged so I am at a loss as to why. Any one have a similar problem with a Kohler faucet or have any suggestions?
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I don't claim this to be correct practice.
However, I never leave an angle stop "fully on." I always leave a valve at least half a turn short of fully on. It might be a year or more before I need to turn it, and I might need to work it back and forth a bit to get it to move. So I like it short of all the way, to give me both directions to move.
I don't know if this is right or wrong but it works for me.
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My Dad likes to open valves all the way minus half a turn.
The slow water flow may well be account of a restrictor. Some busy body decided that we should all live with low flow facuets, toilets, etc. The net result is you have to flush twice. And wait three times as long to fill the pot, compared to before. Supposedly, if it takes 20 minutes to fill your stew pot instead of four minutes, we're some how saving water.
I'd reccomend to unscrew the aerator, and see if the water is forced through a small hole. Think cordless drill, and drill bit. Enlarge the small hole.
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On Sat, 26 Sep 2009 09:07:03 -0400, "Stormin Mormon"

AFAIK, you're right. But just for the record, I thought I'd tell all that although I had no restriction on my 30 year old toilet, I closed the water supply to it by about 90%. That way it makes no noise when it refills and doesn't require me to turn up the radio.
Of course I live alone and so far don't have to go more than once every 10 minutes, so if it takes 5 or 10 minutes to fill, it's okay.

I presume the cordless drill is so he doesn't electrocute himself.
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It probably has an eco-water restricter...It is a disk with a pin hole through it inside the faucet to restrict water flow...They don't trust you to turn the water on only as fast as you need it...If you can take it apart you could probably remove it ..Then again if you are in an area with water shortages you may want to leave it....Here in Maine where water is more than abundant they are foolishness...LOL....
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benick wrote:

Hi,
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wrote:

Well put. Concise as usual.
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benick wrote:

LOL, Whether there is lots of water or not, we all have to conserve.
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Where the hell do you think the water goes after it comes out of my well and it goes down the drain into the septic tank and out through the leach field ?? BACK INTO THE GROUND....LOL....We have so much water here springs bubble out of the ground EVERYWHERE not to mention the thousands of lakes , ponds , streams and rivers..Ever hear of Poland Springs bottled water ?? It is in Poland Springs , Maine...We EXPORT water...LOL....What may make sense in Arizona or California is foolishness here.....
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benick wrote:

Hi, Not me. The place my cabin is located is called 7 springs. History says it never suffered from draught. My well is Arteisan and lots and lots of water. I don't have septic field(illegal here) I have 2K gallon holding tank I vacuum out once a year at a cost of 180.00. Been to Africa? Some places there folks use a bucket of water a day for the whole family. Not even clean water like we drink. Still we have to conserve all the resources whether we have much or not. Just my own personal opinion. Our bottled water comes from Rockies glacier. I don't drink that, I drink multi stage filtered RO water. It uses so much energy to bottle water.
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wrote:

Bottled water only costs 100,000 times what tap water costs. What's money for if not to spend it!
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How is conserving water in Maine (a state awash in water) going to help people in Africa ??? That's makes about as much sense as your mom telling you to clean your plate off cause kids are starving in Africa...Gotta another news flash for you...All the water we use ends up back in the ground eventually..What we drink goes in one end and out another.What we retain will end up in the ground when we get put in the ground as well...It doesn't go anywhere...Well except for the water we send up to the space station...LOL..The rest of it stays right here on Earth..It is the ultimate recycling program....
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benick wrote:

Hi, Fine and dandy. Ever heard "Think globally, act locally"? World wide we don't have lot of fresh drinkable water. I just think you are being a jack ass about issues mankind faces.
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Nice counter to the points I made.....When all else fails , attack the messanger.....Typical....You still haven't answered my question...How does me conserving water here in Maine benefit those in Africa ??? Is it magicly transported there ???...If I don't use it it runs into the Atlantic Ocean...What then ?? How does that help ?? I wonder what name he will call me next...LOL....
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Tony Hwang wrote:

No, and neither has my water. Probably.

Dirty, dirty people. If water were that big a deal, they'd catch the next bus for Maine.

Why? Water, like whale oil for lighting, is a renewable resource.

Okay. This definition of "opinion"? "Opinion - A belief or conclusion held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof."

But substantially less energy than it takes to bottle Pepsi or Schlitz (The beer that made Milwaukee famous). People sometimes drink bottled water for the taste, same as Pepsi or Schlitz (The beer that made Milwaukee famous).
Admittedly, there aren't very many that do, but some.
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HeyBub wrote:

Hey, I don't drink Pepsi or Coke that's poison! So you think today's water is as clean as when you were a kid? Can you dip yourself into s swimming hole you used to go when you were kid? Maybe that hole dried up by now. Be honest about it. Renewable alright but it gets less and less, dirtier and dirtier. Say yes or no.
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There may be a solid piece of something caught in the line, bad cut-off valve, etc. Best bet is to contact Kohler--take their suggestion(s) before anyone else. Who knows, they may offer you a replacement.
Not exactly sure what you mean by "strong." Just because the flow doesn't feel strong, it may be delivering the proper volume per minute. How long does it take to fill a gallon jug with *cold* water? Time other faucets in the house and compare the numbers.
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Aerators are rated between 2 and 6 gallons per minute. Yours is probably 2gpm. Unscrew it and see if you get normal water flow. If ok, leave it off or take it to your local hardware store and get the same size/thread in a 6gpm.
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I thought the same thing when I installed a Kohler with a pullout sprayer in the spigot. The water just didn't have the force it used to with a standard one-piece spigot. Does your pullout have settings for a single stream and a shower spray? The mechanism in the pullout head that lets you choose these settings naturally limits the amount of water pressure.
In the few years we've had it, we've become accustomed to not being able to spray water clear across the kitchen. It's just one of those things you have to adjust for.
OTOH, if you're only getting a trickle, something is definitely wrong.
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I went to Kohler parts web page and got diagram of the faucet. There are no adjustments. There is a part called control valve which looks like a fixed spacer in the head. Called factory repair line and was surprised to learn that when congress passed a law limiting flow in toilets and showers it also included ANY faucets. By law they are restricted to 2.5 gpm flow. It still looked like less than my bathroom faucet so I took a 1 gallon container and timed fill time. They were both within seconds of each other. I guess the better aeriator on new kitchen faucet just looks slower. It may be possible to open head and drill or adapt the controller but decided to live with it for time being because threads on head did not move easily and marred part first attempt to open it.
On Tue, 29 Sep 2009 15:14:22 -0700, Frank Warner

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