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    Default Difficult to turn shower handle

    The handle I turn to switch from tub fill to shower was getting difficult to turn. Over time it reached the point where it would take 2 hands to turn it. Now it's so hard to turn that even two hands won't do it. Do I have to replace it? What would cause this problem?

    THANKS,
    Connie

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    What is your make and model? Maybe a picture? There will be a cartidge inside which can be replaced.

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    Hi Jimbo,

    Thanks for your reply. I looked on it and there doesn't appear to be a manufacture's name.

    It was a replacement unit (all three controls) by ex-husb years ago and I think I recall that it's a Moen. I'm hoping that becoming hard to turn is a common problem with a common, easy solution. I may still have the instal instructions in my files and will look for them this evening.

    THANKS
    CMA

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    A picture may be necessary. I do not know of a Moen that had a rotating diverter, but the problem was common to all brass sleeve type diverters, which Moen also did not use.

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