U.S. Patents 6.016,836 and 6,899,733

Shower Manager
The Shower Timer that Cuts the Flow






Shower Timer Frequently Asked Questions

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Q How do you change the full-flow time settings?
A Using the supplied magnet, hover the magnet along the thin line on the side of the case; it is adjacent to the missing bubble on the face of the unit.  One beep is for a 5-minute setting; two beeps for an 8-minute setting; and three beeps for an 11 minute setting.  To change a setting continue to hover the magnet until you hear the number of beeps (time setting) you want, then remove the magnet.
Q How long does the 9 volt battery last?
A That depends on usage and family size. A typical range is 4 to 6 months, perhaps longer for more limited usage. As a part of normal maintenance, we recommend changing the battery every 3 months.
Q How do you know when the battery needs to be changed?
A The unit will not go from full flow to restricted flow or won't open to full flow. In essence, the unit will seem to malfunction.
Q Where should I place the magnetic sensor to make changes to showering times?
A On the face of the unit there is a ring of bubbles on the outer ring. Find the spot where a bubble is missing. On the side of the unit next to the missing bubble is a "line" raised in the covering. Place the sensor over this "line."
Q How much does the Shower Manager restrict the water flow?
A The Shower Manager conforms to government standards for shower head flow rates for conservation devices. Depending on your water pressure:
• the Shower Manager reduces the gallons per minute (GPM) flow rate to 2.6, without a shower head
• with standard 2.2 GPM shower heads flow rates range from 1.6 - 2.2 GPM
• in in reduced-flow mode with shower head flow rates will be around .6 - .8 GPM
Q I have an older shower head that delivers over 4 gal / minute. Will the Shower Manager restrict that flow?
A Yes, most likely. In keeping with government guidelines of 2.5 gal / minute, the Shower Manager will most likely cut the full flow to the mid-2 gal / minute range.
Q Does the Shower Manager come with a shower head?
A The Shower Manager does NOT come with a shower head. Your existing, standard shower head should work fine. Note: Not recommended for use with ultra-low-flow shower heads.
Q Can I use a shower massage shower head with your unit?
A Yes, but don't forget, during the restricted flow is not likely to be sufficient for massage operation. Also, the drastic pressure changes involved with changing shower modes may cause early activation of low-flow mode.
Q Can I change the 5-minute reset internal?
A No, this time frame is locked in at the factory.  The 5-minute reset interval provides balance between the time a bather will "wait it out" and the showering needs of other bathers.
Q What is the typical operating range (psi) for the Shower Manager?
A In the lab the unit operates between 25 and 80 psi. The water pressure for most water districts is 45 to 65 psi.
Q Can the Shower Manager be programmed for longer full-flow settings?
A Some situations just require more time, for those there is the Longer Shower Model.
Q Can using other water devices in the house (flushing the toilet, turning on the clothes washer) impact the operating on the Shower Manager?
A In most instances "no" other than the drop in water pressure as these other devices are turned on.
Q Will the Shower Manager work with low-water pressure?
A If you are on water well and have a storage tank you should check the operating pressure range. If the setting is 20 to 40 psi, you might want to see if you can adjust this range to 30 to 50 psi. In the lab, the unit functions at 25 psi, but if someone else in the household turns on another water device while showering (flushing a toilet, turning on clothes washer), this additional drop in water pressure may cause the unit to go into restricted flow.
Q Can I use any type of shower head with the Shower Manager?
A Yes, but there are a few exceptions. Any type of showerhead that shuts off the water flow at the shower head may interfere with the operation of the Shower Manager.
Q What is the Warranty period?
A The Shower Manager LLC stands behind it's products, see the Official Warranty for details.
Q Can I install the unit myself?
A Yes, it installs easily in  the majority of shower setups. See the Installation Guide for details.
Q What type of threads does it use?
A The threads are 1/2" NPS threads, which is a universal thread for shower heads.
Q Does the Shower Manager shut off the water flow completely?
A No, but in restricted mode the water flow is cut by 2/3 of full flow. Nor does it alter the mixture of hot / cold water.
 
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