JOSEPH-MORGAN.US

Morgan was born in London, England, but lived in Morriston, Swansea, for 11 years and was a pupil at Morriston Comprehensive School and then studied a BTEC Performing Arts course at Gorseinon College, now Gower College Swansea, before moving back to London to study at the Central School of Speech and Drama in his late teens.

He starred in the first series of the Sky One Television Series Hex, as Troy and has appeared in supporting roles in the films Alexander and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and the BBC2 miniseries, The Line of Beauty. He has also appeared the television series Doc Martin and Casualty and he played William in Mansfield Park alongside Billie Piper. In 2010 he played the title role in the mini-series Ben Hur which first aired on CBC television in Canada and ABC TV in America, on April 4, 2010.

He plays Klaus in The CWs show The Vampire Diariesand played Lysander in the 2011 film Immortals, alongside Henry Cavill.

BuddyTV ranked him #84 on its list of TVs Sexiest Men of 2011″

 


How to increase low water flow rate in your shower head or bath

Summary: Low water flow to a shower head can be caused by a low-flow rough-in valve/cartridge

Every hotel I've ever been to has a high pressure shower head that blasts me with more water than I could ever need. But the one in my house sends out just a trickle by comparison. I know there is a federal regulation that requires shower heads to produce no more than 2.5 Gallons Per Minute (GPM) at 80 PSI but I assume hotels are also bound by those rules. I've been baffled by this problem and for years I didn't know how to fix it. Now I've finally figured it out.



I measured the water flow rate from my shower head and got 1.0 GPM, but I can get nearly 10 GPM from the utility sink in my basement. Even when the shower head and tub spout are removed the water flow is 1.4 GPM or less from the bare pipe, so I know it's not the fault of the restrictor in the shower head. I have 40 PSI municipal water and copper pipes throughout the house. Here are the measurements I took:
Shower head: 1.0 GPM
Bathtub spout: 1.4 GPM
Shower pipe w/o shower head attached: 1.1 GPM
Tub spout pipe w/o spout attached: 1.4 GPM
Toilet in the same bathroom: 3.9 GPM
Utility sink in the basement: 9.9 GPM

Since I have great high pressure shower heads elsewhere in the house, next I checked if there might be something gummed up in the shower valve blocking the water flow. I unscrewed the hot water handle and removed the cartridge, but it was nice and clean and there didn't seem to be any blockage in the pipe, either. I turned the water supply to flush out any unseen blockage that might be in there and just to see how much water would come out. Lots! But when I put the cartridge back in I got the same poor water flow. I did notice the cartridge lets water in through two tiny little holes and thus makes a great bottleneck. It seems like it is designed to reduce water pressure by about 80-90%. It is essentially a low-flow shower valve and no matter what shower head I use it will provide poor water flow.

I did some googling and called some plumbing supply stores but as far as I can tell no one has ever heard of a low flow shower valve or low flow cartridge. Everyone suggests checking for a partially closed shut-off valve in the line, gunk clogging up the valve, a restrictor in the shower head, corrosion inside galvanized pipes, or low water pressure to the entire house. I don't have any of those problems.

I asked some plumbing supply stores and a plumber, but there doesn't seem to be a different cartridge I could buy that would increase the water flow. This cartridge doesn't have a part number or brand name anywhere on it but it looks like an imitation Moen cartridge. After I tried to drill it out and caused a leak, I replaced it with an Ace hardware part called "Faucet Stem Moen Style 6S-1H/C Hot/Cold stem." It's a replacement for a Moen 1224 stem but it looks like my shower never had a genuine Moen part.

I went to Home Depot to check out rough-in valves there, but there is no information provided about water flow rate. On American Standard's website, however, there are some spec sheets for their rough-in valves that give water flow rates. My solution was to replace the rough-in valve with an American Standard part and now my water flow rate is much improved.

I have heard that the 2.5GPM government regulation caused some manufacturers to overcompensate and produce super-low-flow components that are way below 2.5GPM just to be on the safe side. But as far as I know, that regulation applied to shower heads and kitchen/bathroom faucets, not to the shower valves themselves. It seems that my shower valve was made with stems/cartridges that are also used for bathroom sink faucets, and those are limited to 2.2 GPM at 80PSI by law. It just seems like a bad design to carry those parts over to a shower/tub valve. It used to take half an hour to fill the tub, which is really annoying and benefits no one. Now it's high flow and high pressure all the way.

How to clean a high pressure shower head and get a better shower

Is your shower head not performing like it used to? Over time, mineral deposits can build up in your shower head. This can cause the nozzles to squirt water in all directions or clog up completely, leaving you with poor water pressure or low flow. Here are our top tips (listed from easiest to more complex) to help get your shower head back to peak performance.

1 Rub the Nozzles

Many shower heads have flexible rubber nozzles. You can dislodge mineral buildup in these nozzles by simply massaging each nozzle with your finger. You can also try gently scrubbing the nozzles with a toothbrush.
 

2 Soak the Shower Head in Vinegar

There are a couple ways to do this:

3 Clean the Filter Screen


Keeping your shower head clean gives a much better shower. It is an easy job just follow my video.  You guys, vinegar right now is my favorite thing. What can't it do?! Spoiler alert is that this works! Definitely try it out before you buy any kind of special product for high pressure shower head buildup. It's super cheap and easy!

Low pressure can be caused by old galvanized pipe, which often build up deposits causing the water to be restricted.

Another cause of low pressure can be incorrect pipe size. I like to run a 3/4" trunk line with 1/2" legs to fixtures (which I think is pretty common).

Some houses have pressure reducing valves on the supply line, which are used to control the water pressure inside the house. Here is a video explaining how to adjust this valve.