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    Red face Shower Diverter Handle Stuck Open

    Hello all. My wife just informed me that the lever on her shower faucet that diverts water from the bath faucet to the shower head has been stuck for the past 3 months. It's the kind of lever that you pull/push up or down to alternate between shower and bath.

    It seems like it's fused rock solid. I mean there's no play at all. I screwed the whole faucet assembly loose so I could look into the mouth of the faucet. There is some mineral buildup there. Could that be all it is?

    If not, what's my next step?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by filthee; 02-10-2008 at 06:00 PM.

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    There are thousands of models out there...it would help with the brand and model, but if that isn't possible, post a picture.
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    Here you go. I hope this helps. Thanks!


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    CHANGE the diverter. They are so cheap it is not worth my time, or yours, to try to repair it.

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    Thanks guys. I'll give it a shot.

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    You can just see the set screw in that slot underneath the spout. Loosen it up and the spout should pull off (didn't notice if there was any caulk - that might need cutting). IF the setscrew wasn't too tight, sliding a new one on is easy. If it was tight, sometimes the seal can be problematic if the pipe is no longer round. You may want to remove any burr if there is one from the screw so you don't damage the O-ring in the new spout.
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