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    Question Shower diverter stem fell out

    Hello. My shower stem diverter thing fell out. Is this something I can fix quickly/cheaply? Or do I have to call a plumber or make a trip to Home Depot?

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    IF you have all the pieces, AND can figure out how they go together, you MIGHT be able to repair it. I would not spend the time, because it could either not work afterwards or could fall apart again. Unscrew the spout and install a new one. Use the old one to decide which new one has the same connection dimensions.

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    How do I remove the spout?

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    Spouts are attached in one of two ways: screw on (sometimes uses a specific adapter) or push on. A push on one will have a setscrew somewhere on the bottom that holds it in place and keeps it from turning. A screw on one needs to screw down to close the gap to the wall. So, depending on which type you have, what's left sticking out of the wall will determine which type you need, without doing any modifications. The diverters in those spouts are generally the weak point, and as noted, it's usually easier to just replace the whole thing. They often get to a point where they leak a bunch of water into the tub instead of forcing it out the showerhead, or make some nasty whistles or groans. A new one should give you a number of years of quiet, useful operation.
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    So what kind of spout would this be?
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    There is a large flat black gasket which fits in the dished area shown on the photo. If you put it together as is, a lot of water will run to the tub when you are using the shower.

    Some supply houses are now selling "generic" pull up diverter levers like yours. They are not 100% universal, but work on many brands of spouts'

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    As I said...if it is a push on version, you have to loosen the setscrew on the bottom. If you don't see a slot where a setscrew is hidden inside, then the spout unscrews. Use a screwdriver handle or something similar to get some leverage if you don't have enough strength to unscrew it. If it is a push on, loosen the setscrew then pull it off. You may need to cut the caulk at the wall (if there is any) before you can do either removal.
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