How to Replace a Bathtub Faucet Diverter

What You'll Need
Allen wrench
Lubrication oil
Diverter kit
Rubber washer

A bathtub faucet diverter is the object that allows your water to flow to either the faucet spout itself, or your shower head in your shower. It is a very common thing to need to replace this diverter. It is also a fairly simple task, with just a few supplies needed and a few simple steps required to complete the task. Follow the steps below and you should have your water flowing option back in no time.

Step 1 - Shut off Water

The first thing you will want to do is shut off the water at the main water valve. This ensures that you will not have any accidents while you are working on your plumbing type project. Also be sure to make sure that the other people in your household are aware of the water situation.

You will want to turn on a faucet in the lowest part of your house to let out any excess water that might be in any pipes waiting to flow.

Step 2 - Loosen Holding Screw

The first thing you will need to do is to look under the diverter mechanism itself and locate the holding screw. Take your Allen wrench and loosen that holding screw. There is no need to completely remove the holding screw, loosening a great deal will be just fine.

Sometimes you are able to turn this screw by hand to loosen it enough rather than needing an Allen wrench.

Step 3 - Pull Tub Spout Off

Now you can take the loosened tub spout and remove it completely. This can usually be done by pulling the tub spout towards yourself. Sometimes, however, it does take a bit of unscrewing with a tool as well.

Step 4 - Replace the Washer

Now that your tub spout is removed, you should be able to locate the rubber washer that is present already. Remove the old washer and take out your new one. You will want to put this new washer in its place to help prevent any leaks.

Step 5 - Lubricate the Diverter Mechanism

Next you will want to take your lubrication oil and use it on the diverter mechanism itself. This will make sure that everything works properly with each other and there is no sticking involved.

Step 6 - Reverse Order

Now that you have replaced, and oiled, you can start putting everything back together. Follow the steps you took in the beginning, only backwards, so that all pieces are put in the correct order and correct places.

Step 7 - Test It Out

You have replaced what you needed and put it all back together once again. Now all that is left to do is test it out. Turn on the main water and test the diverter out. Make sure you test out the water flowing to the faucet itself as well as using the diverter to make it flow to your shower head.