R's shower head was sagging, ten minutes after getting out, the tell-tale sound of water could be heard as the arm sagged and the rose emptied of water. Time for a visit to the big green shed to look at a new one.
We found one but as well as being a good bit dearer than they used to be, the salesman told us that it was not so easy to remove the water flow restrictor. This used to be a simple procedure, remove the washer where it screws onto the pipe, take out the restrictor and put the washer back. Ah, yes, Americans dictate to us again. In the US the prescribed flow rate is 2 gallons per minute, for us the same at 9 litres a minute.
But before R set off a second time to buy rather than look, we watched a tutorial. It did cross my mind that I would like this rather ocker plumber to visit and offer his advice personally, but oh the cost. As you can see in the video, he is quite disparaging about shower water flow restrictors.
Right, this shan't beat us. We too will smash it, bash it, whatever, get it out. R returned with the new head and sure enough, the flow restrictor was not where it used to be, behind the wall plate where it screws on to the pipe in the wall. We disassembled the shower head end, and there sat the evil little device, held in place by a metal clip. The pointy nosed pliers made short work of the clip and the device. Look at the evil little bits. Three tiny holes for water to flow through. Piss off. We are well rid of them.
It all went back together but now the head was a bit loose. There was a little grub screw, so with an Allen key, I tightened it and the head was now tight. Back on to the pipe and yes, we have beaten the government prescribed water flow. R is happy with his non sagging full flow shower. So Nanny State, stick that in your meerschaum and smoke it.