SOS - I can't turn my shower off!

johnxyzMarch 7, 2007

Last night I noticed my shower leaking (from the tub spout) pretty significantly. This morning it was pouring out of the tub spout after I turned off the shower - I had to turn off the water in the house (could not locate the turn-off valves for the shower only).

I am going to demo this bath in approx 3 months (doing the 1st flr bath demo now) so I just need a temporary fix.

Do you think its the rough in valve, faucet handle or the diverter on the tub spout? Something I can fix w/. a trip to HD or Lowes tonight?

Thanks a lot.

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It sounds to me the faucet to the tub is in need of repair. The diverter on the tub spout doesn't shut off the water,it justs diverts the water to the showerhead. If you know the mfg and model of the tub faucet, you may be able to get a rebuild kit at lowes or HD. More likely you will have to run to a plumbing store for parts, that is if you know who made it.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2007 at 11:48AM
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You probably just need a new washer in the tub faucet (providing this is the type set-up that has separate cold and hot faucets).
First, determine if the offending faucet is the cold or the hot. With the water for the house off, remove the valve handle, a screwdriver will probably be needed for this. Remove the escushion and then the valve stem (with a crescent wrench) and replace the washer on the end of the stem.
If it were to be a long term fix, you should also replace the valve seat.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2007 at 12:47PM
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rjoh878646 & randy427 - Thanks for taking the time to help out.

Its a single handle Price Pfister by the way - hopefully its just a washer repair kit rather than a cartridge used by Moen, as another poster pointed out on the Plumbing forum. What do ya think?

Thanks again.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2007 at 2:48PM
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Found a PDF for parts explosion on their website

Here is a link that might be useful: parts explosion

    Bookmark   March 7, 2007 at 6:29PM
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rjoh878646 - Thanks for the PP schematic- I called PP and the valve/cartridge is on backorder - will send asap they said. I put my old one back in in the meantime. Thanks again.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2007 at 1:58PM
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