I just replaced one of our shower tap spindles at home with a ceramic cartridge type. It's a half turn "Shaw & Mason" wall spindle (Bunnings 5001437). Installation was easy enough but it's as noisy as hell partially open (at our preferred water flow rate for showering). The noise is related to the water turbulence / differential pressure across the partially open valve.
Yes, in hindsight I should've read the reviews. In my defense, I knew this technology is used in common kitchen/bathroom mixer taps, so I guess I didn't expect there to be such a significant drawback for shower applications.
Although it is not faulty (in that it turns the water on and off without leaking), I am wanting to return this on the basis of it not being of acceptable quality due to the hideous noise it makes.
Considering noise is a subjective thing, I was wondering if the general consensus is that this is a legitimate reason for return?
It was packaged in one of those plastic blister packs that are fused shut, requiring the packaging be destroyed to open. So, there's no chance to return "unused" in original packaging ready for resale.
The other possible complication is that someone from the plumbing dept. might get called over to inform me that a licensed plumber is required to install these things (I am not). Apparently, others have gotten around this by pointing out that this requirement is not made clear prior to sale (it's not on the packaging, nor on the product details page of their website, but it IS on the warranty detail sheet that's visibile only once the deal is done and the packaging has been opened).
Thanks in advance.