Ashower diverter valve switches the supply of water from the faucet to the shower head and back again. Repeated operation over time can wear out the valve or the rubber washers and result in drips and leaks. Two handle faucets typically have one of two types of diverter valves. A gate-type valve is uѕuаllу found іn thе bathtub spout, usual- ly with a pull-down оr pull-uр type оf valve handle. A rotating-type diverter valve, as shown in this article, is located bеtwееn thе bathtub spout аnd thе shower- head. Here's how to pull one out and put in a new one. STEP-BY-STEP REPAIR First and foremost, shut off the water supply to the faucet before disassembling the handles. Pry off the decorative cap of the valve handle with a screwdriver. (In some cases these caps are threaded.) Then unscrew the nut
to pull off the handle. If the handle refuses to budge, you can use a gear puller to remove it.
It might be necessary to remove the escutcheon if it interferes with the use of your deep-socket wrench. Escutcheons are often held with a retaining nut, but if not then the escutcheon is thread- ed over the valve stems. If this is the case, unscrew the entire escutcheon as one piece. If it won’t release, check to see if it’s caulked to the wall, and cut the caulk. A strap wrench might help encourage a stubborn one to turn.
To remove recessed valves like the one shown, you'll need Shower Valve Socket Wrench Set. A show- er-valve set provides the super- deep wrenches needed to remove tub and shower valves. The wrenches are each double-sided and usually accommodate the 10 standard sizes of plumbing fasteners to make virtually any
By Matt Weber
Replace a Shower Diverter Valve