Bent shower diverter stem

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Old 09-01-16, 06:58 PM
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Bent shower diverter stem

While painting over tub/shower surround, I fell on bathtub faucet handles. Just big bruise on my arm but faucet damaged. Shower diverter stem is bent down significantly.

I have not used tub/shower because not sure if valve in wall or hot/cold stems also damaged. Plumbing in wall loose before as not anchored properly.

Here's photo. Nothing is leaking. Should I have plumber come inspect valve (install access door and maybe convert valve for single handle faucet while here). Or should I replace stem with faith valve not damaged?
 
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Old 09-01-16, 07:24 PM
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Pull out the center cap in the handle. There should be a screw under there.
Remove handle and unscrew chrome escutcheon ring.

It looks like the insert is plastic and may just need replacing.
 
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Looks like metal stem inside plastic. Plastic adapter to screw on escutcheon. Did not have to remove escutcheon to take photo.
 
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I'm not sure how deep you want to get involved.

Here's how I would handle it. Turn the water off. Find a piece of pipe to fit over the valve shaft and that threaded plastic piece. Carefully bend the valve straight or enough to get the bezel off.
 
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Then replace bent stem? Or just straighten and continue using.?
 
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I'd look to replacing it but it may be all right if just straightened.
 
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The bend starts inside escutcheon so pipe won't fit in. But I just screwed knob back on and straightened it with slow firm pushing up by hand. Appears straight and aparently no leaking but cannot see inside wall at valve. What signs would indicate leak at valve inside wall?
 
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Old 09-02-16, 10:28 AM
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If it were leaking.... I'd imagine it would be from the front of the valve which would mean if you looked in with a flashlight you'd see water.

If the valve feels normal then I doubt it's damaged or leaking.
 
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