Diverter valve stem pulling out

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by xdoc77, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. xdoc77

    xdoc77 New Member

    Feb 10, 2008
    Forgive me in advance for calling things by the wrong name :)

    Our tub spout has never diverted 100% of the water to the shower head and has always leaked into the tub a little while the shower was being used. However, now it diverts maybe only 60% of the water. Also, we have to be very careful when we pull it or the stem comes right out. What's the best way to fix this? Do I need to replace the whole spout? There is no set screw on the bottom side of it, so I'm not sure how to remove it if necessary.

    Here's a picture of what I have:


    Thanks in advance!

  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego
    Spouts are not repairable. You need a whole new spout. Look near the wall to see if there is a set screw holding it in place. If not, just unscrew the whole spout.
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  4. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

    Dec 15, 2007
    Service Plumber
    I usually bust off the outer shell of the spout so I can get a holdback wrench on the pipe inside it... Kinda like crackin open a lobstah!
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    That is a Mixet faucet and many of their spouts were slip on with a set screw, but if yours does not have one, then it unscrews from the pipe.
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