3 Handle Shower Faucet - Middle Knob Was Smooth, Now Too Tight To Turn


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Old 12-24-08, 08:20 AM
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3 Handle Shower Faucet - Middle Knob Was Smooth, Now Too Tight To Turn

We just had someone replace our tub and shower faucet (3 knob). It was fine but then about a week or 2 out the middle faucet knob started sticking and is now way too tight, almost too tight to turn.

What could be the problem?

I want to disassemble the middle knob, but wanted to check here first for any gotchas or tips.

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Paul
 
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Old 12-24-08, 05:30 PM
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Do you have the brand and model of the faucet, or a picture of it?
 
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Old 12-26-08, 09:07 AM
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I know it's a Moen...I believe it's this one:

Moen 3-handle Chateau Chrome Tub & Shower from Overstock.com

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Old 12-26-08, 12:43 PM
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Here is a parts breakdown of one of there 3 handle T & S valves.

http://www.moen.com/shared/pdf/2995pt.pdf

If you look, there is a cartridge for the diverter. It may be dirty or need replacement. Also, make sure you use plumbers faucet grease when replacing any faucet parts.

Once the cartridge is removed, flush some water out through the cartridge hole to make sure there is nothing in the faucet causing the problem, such as a piece of o-ring or faucet washer.
 
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Thanks, I'll try to take it apart this weekend and see what I can find.

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good luck, any problems, just ask
 
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How do I remove the diverter kit (I guess that's what it is) from the pipe assembly? I removed the first nut but can figure out how to get the rest out?

Here is a picture with the first nut out. I don't know how to get that white piece out...I know it's the one causing the problem because I can feel it rubbing.

http://paulferree.com/showerfaucet.jpg

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From looking at the picture, I would say there is another nut further back holding in what we are now seeing.

You may need a special deep socket to remove it. They sell a cheap stem removal socket set at the big box stores for help with the removal.
 
 

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