stuck shower diverter

robmurphyMarch 25, 2008

I have a bath faucet which I think is a cheap Delta unit. It was installed about 2 years ago with the anticipation that the whole bath would be renovated soon. I say cheap because it is mostly plastic. The shower rarely gets used and now that I need it for guests arriving this weekend the shower diverter won't turn. It is the center type diverter between the hot and cold valves. I got most of the diverter apart but the stem is still inside the housing and I can't get it out. Nor will it turn. It is plastic and there does not seem to be any flat sides which to grasp with a wrench or socket. It seems as though it should just pull out. Any ideas on how to get this thing out?



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I'd say to call Delta's 800 number and ask.

If it's anything like Moen (probably), there's a retainer clip that is pulled upward and out with needlenose pliers. Then it will eventually pull out with force, - sometimes it will take a lot of force. In an ideal world it would have been installed with an extra dab of plumber's grease.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 4:52PM
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Another solution is to replace the tub spout with one that has a diverter on it. The spout simply screws on. Then, no need to even worry about the other diverter. just leave it alone and use the tub diverter.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 10:34PM
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