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Build Pro email—New Kohler Valves
Did you hear the news? Kohler is changing some of its rough in valves for its bathroom and shower trim faucets, and we wanted to keep you updated in case it affects you. Don’t worry, this isn’t like a recall—it’s a change for the better.
The changes will affect the following product IDs:
· K-2971-KS replacing K-306-KS
· K-728-K replacing K-687-K
· K-11748-K replacing K-305-K
· K-11748-KS replacing K-305-KS
So, what exactly is Kohler changing with these valves? The new valves are slightly smaller than the previous models, and they’re designed to simplify installation. And Kohler insists that both versions will work on the same trims.
In addition, the K-693 (a combination kit of the ¾-inch pressure balanced valve [K-2971] and the transfer valve [K-728]) could still ship with the old models until stock is depleted.
Now for the technical stuff, in case you’re interested. Here are the changes that have been made to the aforementioned valves.
· K-2971-KS (replacing K-306-KS): The redesigned pressure balance module provides resistance against mineral build-up.
· K-728-K (replacing K-687-K): The newer version is smaller and easier to install in tight places. It also gives the installer the option of a 2- or 3-way transfer valve. It will ship as a 3-way transfer valve, but it can be reconfigured to a 2-way transfer valve. On the previous version, users would just cap the outlet they weren’t using.
· K-11748-K (replacing K-305-K) and the K-11748-KS (replacing K-305-KS): The big change here is the user can now have a showerhead/handshower combination, in addition to the standard showerhead/tub spout combination. The new valves can be used with any existing trim.
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