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Thread: Leaking Diverter - Can't remove

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    Default Leaking Diverter - Can't remove

    When I turn on my shower, water still runs out of my bath tub faucet. Because of this, I'm trying to replace the diverter on my shower - it is it's own fixture (ie, there is a hot water handle, a cold water handle and a seperate diverter). The faucet is a Gerber faucet. I have purchased a stem removal wrench and I cannot budge the item. I'm turning the stem counter clockwise but I cannot seem to get the thing out of the wall. I've already purchased a replacement stem but I can't use it because I can't get the old diverter out of the wall. Any ideas?

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    Moderator & Master Plumber hj's Avatar
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    Default diverter

    Either a bigger wrench or the correct one. I have never had a diverter that would not unscrew given the proper incentive.

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    Default Diverter

    Good advise. I was able to use a large cresent wrench to get more leverage and did remove it.

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    Default Stem Removal

    Stems are best removed with the correct plumbing socket and a large crescent wrench for leverage. Really stuck ones may require a cheater bar and possibly PB blaster if there's evidence of corrosion.


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