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    Default Can tub diverter valve be removed? (two tap style)

    circa 1966 Elger tub, with hot & cold taps and shower diverter in the center.

    There is a piece of junk from the corroded bibb seat rattling around in there; it blocks flow. Which might be lived with except sometimes it blocks only the hot or only the cold; making it impossible to set a temperature.

    If I pull the handle... what next? Can I get the thing out and look around for the piece of junk?

    Handle really on tight after 50 years of hard, acid water & soap scum...so is it worth the effort?

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    You take it out the same way you removed the stems. It also has a seat so you may have to remove it to allow room for the piece to slip out.
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    Thanks; I'll give it a try after the hurricane is over...

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    Maybe the hurricane will blow the house down, then you won't have to worry about it or the seat that gave you the problem originally.
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    I can't get the damn handle off. Using a puller tool; but the L jaws keep slipping off.

    However, when I tapped it outwards a little, something gave way. It seems to have come out 1/8" or so, and now it all rattles inside, and I can spin the handle 360 degrees around. What's busted?

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    When I turn on the water, pressure pushes the handle outwards & it flows from the shower. Pushing it inwards causes flow from the spout. In both cases significant leakage from behind the handle.

    So I gotta get this handle off... I could cut it off with a grinder...

    I'd really like to see a schematic diagram of how this valve assembly works. No luck searching on the Net.

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