need to replace shower diverter stem, is my stem seat stuck in the pipe?

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Old 11-03-12, 04:07 PM
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need to replace shower diverter stem, is my stem seat stuck in the pipe?

When engaging the diverter in my guest bathroom to direct to the shower about 50% of the water still comes out of the spicket.

I pulled the diverter stem out and pictures 1 and 2 are what I have.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1036121/diverter/1.jpg

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/1036121/diverter/2.jpg

I went to home depot and couldn't find anything that matched.

Looking inside the pipe, I see there is a small white plastic thing still inside. Is this the stem seat? pics 3 & 4

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/1036121/diverter/3.jpg

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/1036121/diverter/4.jpg

All the pics I've found online of stem seats do not look similar.

Is that part of the diverter stuck in the pipe? If so, any tips on getting it out?

Thanks in advance!
 
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Old 11-03-12, 04:39 PM
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Do you have a brand name on your shower set up?
 
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the screw caps say Standard, so..American Standard? that's the only part that has any branding
 
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Old 11-03-12, 05:12 PM
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I am working on limited internet. ( Hurricane Sandy)

If you can wait a day or two I could possibly help. I have limited internet and cant view the pics. Only working at 1 Mbs
 
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Old 11-03-12, 05:34 PM
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Thank you that helped...

Is this a three handle shower faucet?

If AS type that in your web browser. Three handle AS repair kit. Stems?

Seems your missing the plastic washer....
 
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Old 11-03-12, 05:56 PM
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yep, that's exactly what it is! thanks!

http://files1.kyozou.com/pictures/_1...0/13939049.jpg

So I guess that plastic bit still in the pipe is the washer. I don't have any needle nose plyers that can reach and my attempts with a screw driver or punch to get it out have all failed. any tips on getting it out?
 
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Old 11-03-12, 06:02 PM
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Faucet parts

It looks an alot like this one, but that would mean that you are missing a whole section at the end.
 
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Some type of pick will get it out.

They make them for plumbing. Type/search plumbers pick, or something like that.
 
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I've got a couple different picks (not plumber's picks) and nothing seems to be able to work it out. It seems like the hole is too narrow, is it possible that part of the diverter is still in the pipe? Looking that the pic I posted, my diverter isn't exactly the same.
 
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Old 11-03-12, 06:33 PM
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yeah it's definitely part of the diverter that's in there. I was able to loosen it with some PB Blaster and I can slide it back and forth but can't get it past the threading in the pipe. need to find something that I can slide through it and it will grab from the other side
 
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the magic of the wire clothes hanger prevails!
 
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Old 11-03-12, 08:40 PM
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Good job... Let us know the outcome....
 
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I ended up having to split the plastic head twice with a flat head screwdriver and then pry each piece out with a wire clothes hanger tool I made.

Now I'm finding that sourcing just the diverter stem locally is difficult, I'll probably end up buying a complete repair set.
 
 

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