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Thread: I hate shower diverter "valves"

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    DIY Senior Member Fubar411's Avatar
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    Default I hate shower diverter "valves"

    When taking a shower, I really, really hate the gate valve thing that stops most of the water at the tub spout and forces it up to the shower head (forgive me if I don't have all the terms correct)

    Why did we ever get away from having a third handle - aside from the non-anti scald benefits? Why aren't there more mixing valves that have a built-in diverter? And finally, do Delta/Moen/Kohler all make 3-way mixing valves so calcium deposits don't build up in my tub spout and make me replace it when water inevitably ends up spraying out of the "valve"?

    Thanks,
    Rob

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    Maybe you should 1st start with a water softener

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fubar411 View Post
    Why did we ever get away from having a third handle - aside from the non-anti scald benefits? Why aren't there more mixing valves that have a built-in diverter? Thanks,
    Rob
    ► The antiscald requirement drove out the traditional 3 handle shower.
    ► $$$$$$$$$$$. It is ALWAYS all about the money. It is a lot easier for a manufacturer to make a valve body with no diverter, and just put a diverter spout in the box to make it a shower.
    Symmons for one still makes a single handle pressure balanced valve with diverter lever.

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    Your problem is that you buy "cheap" diverters. Buy a Delta "pull down" diverter spout, and you will eliminate that problem.

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    I have been impressed by the quality of Delta, I will definitely check it out.

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