How to plumb 3 port diverter for shower, handheld or both

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by krbb, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. krbb

    krbb New Member

    North Vancouver, BC
    I've read that a 3 port diverter can be plumbed to allow a fixed shower head and a handheld to operate separately or at the same time, but I'm having difficulty understanding how. I figured that each fixture would be supplied by a separate port and then the 3rd port would supply both, but it seems that would effectively connect the supply pipes in a way that will result in water always coming out of both. What am I missing? :confused:
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Cave Creek, Arizona
    If the diverter has that capability, and not all do, then the internal mechanism is what joins them for simultaneous operation.
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