Can't remove mystery diverter - help!

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Old 07-22-20, 10:47 AM
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Can't remove mystery diverter - help!

Got a leaky diverter on my unknown brand tub/shower 3-knob set. Took it apart, and am seeing something that looks nothing like anything I've ever seen, nor anything I can find online. Pictures attached. There doesn't seem to be anything to put a socket on, and the entire thing is plastic. The surface does have small tabs on it, but I'm afraid to try and use them to remove the thing, because they'll almost definitely break off. How should I proceed? Do I have some oddball unit that can't be repaired? Thanks for any help you can provide.




 
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Old 07-23-20, 11:02 AM
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Do you have a picture of the faucet before the trim was removed? The trim is what many people use to identify faucets. Most faucets can be repaired.
 
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Old 07-23-20, 11:25 AM
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After lots of research, I'm thinking it might be a Delta RP17730 diverter. I can't see anything securing it to the pipe, but when I tried to remove it with a pliers, it wouldn't budge. Do I just need pull harder, or is it threaded on somehow? Update: I tried to contact Delta to ask them about removal of the diverter, and the hold time was 86 minutes, with hold music that would make you slit your wrists.

 

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Old 07-23-20, 10:41 PM
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That certainly does look very close to that Delta cartridge.
If that's it..... it just pulls straight out and will be tight.
 
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Old 07-25-20, 08:11 AM
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I would go to the Delta website and look for their "Contact Us" link and email them all your pictures. They are pretty good at identifying their old faucets and helping to determine what repair parts you may need.
 
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Unfortunately, their response times are extremely slow right now, as I discovered on their phone support line. I gambled, and ordered what looks like the part in question. Will update with the good/bad news. Just hoping I can remove the old diverter without breaking it into pieces.Thx.
 
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Thanks, Pjmax - That was the answer I couldn't seem to find online anywhere. When I install the new one, should I use any form of lubricant or other product? As you can tell, this is my first diverter replacement.
 
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Old 07-25-20, 09:32 AM
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I would use a small bit of silicone faucet grease on the O ring. This is a clear type grease specially formulated for faucets and is drinking safe. All the home improvement stores carry it.
Silicone grease
 
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Thanks again Pjmax! I've got Super Lube w/Teflon, which would probably do the trick, but I'll pick up a tube of the silicone that you recommended, just to play it safe.
 
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