tub/shower diverter problem


Old 07-13-03, 06:39 PM
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Unhappy tub/shower diverter problem

Help please! Here is the problem. We replaced our tub faucet. The faucet has separate hot and cold knobs with the spout in the middle and the shower diverter right above the spout. However, we had some trouble screwing the little pull knob on the silver shower diverter stem as the stem was a bit short sticking out of the wall. We did get it on, but here is our problem. When you turn the faucet on to fill the tub, the showerhead leaks, and if you want to use just the shower, the faucet leaks. Is there anyway to adjust the diverter. We would be very grateful for any suggestions or advice. Thank you sooooo much to anyone who can help!

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Old 07-13-03, 09:56 PM
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I would like to help you out, but I don't quite understand what you have... The three handles are a HOT handle, and COLD handle, and a DIVERTER/Shower handle... The bottom part where the water comes out is the SPOUT.... Now which portion was too long or short or whatever? If you reused an old STEM (the part the handles attach to) on the new VALVE (the portion the stems screw into), then that is the problem... The stems are not interchangeable... When your hubby reran the new valve, he should have made up for the difference created by the new wall depth... Otherwise, he can go in now and redo it... It may be the only option... If the problem is with the SPOUT's not fitting correctly, then he also will need to rework it from the back...

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Old 07-13-03, 10:35 PM
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Thank you for responding. Like you said, there are two taps (hot & cold with the spout in the middle and the diverter on top of the spout. The diverter stem was a bit short and it was hard screwing the little knob on to it because of the shortness. Is there a way to make that stem a bit longer - can we adjust it from the copper fitting? Thank you for helping?
Old 07-15-03, 07:22 AM
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Thanks for your help - my husband did end up fixing it by fiddling around with it a bit more. No more leaking.
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