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    I have a 3 stem type setup on my tub. I think it's a Price Pfister...
    One stem for hot; one for cold; and a shower diverter.
    However, when I turn on the diverter, hardly any water comes thru the shower head. Is there a special way to adjust the diverter after taking it off?
    Would replacing the diverter fix the problem? Any help is appreciated.

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    First thing to suspect is the shower head itself. Remove it, then turn on the water. It should be a gusher. If not, then remove the diverter stem and see if some debris is inside. On that PP, you will often find broken pieces of the old nylon diverter washer.

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    thanks for responding. First thing I checked was the shower head. It's fine.
    I took out the diverter and even redid the washer seat thing-a-ma-bob.
    I have a feeling that the diverter stem itself was/is in an incorrect position.
    After I take it off, should I turn it all the way to left effectively "opening it up" or all the way to the right which would put the stem into a closed position against the incoming water valve. ??

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    To reinstall open it up. You do not want the stem to bottom out against the seat as you tighten it into the body.

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    I will try that tomorrow.
    Kinda late to be banging around in the bathroom right now.
    My wife would hate that, I'm sure. I will let you know how it goes. THANKS!!

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    That suggestion partially worked. I get water spraying thru the shower head, but ALOT of water coming out the faucet as well. Could the hot & cold stems be adjusted incorrectly? Would taking them off and reinstalling them the way I did the shower diverter help the situation? Could I have the wrong seat size in the shower valve or even the wrong seat in the hot & cold valves? Argh.

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