Leaky diverter valve reccesed 3"

Discussion in 'Shower & bathtub Forum & Blog' started by mikept, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. mikept

    mikept DIY Senior Member

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    I have a three seperate handle shower. The middle valve, the diverter isnt completely diverting to the shower so alot of water comes out of the tub at the same time.

    I removed the philips screw and pulled the handle off which was stuck on pretty good. The stem slightly protrudes out a silver tube and extends back about 3" into it. About 1.5" of the stem/tube protrudes from the wall and the other half is in it. Around the stem theres what looks like a a six sided nut and behind that a slightly larger round nut the with two flattened sides. The moen cartridge puller tool i saw is no where near being 3" deep, though i could probably make the part to turn that second nut if neccesary out of a piece of pipe.

    Which piece am i supposed to turn the first nut the second or the silver tube? Are there any pieces im supposed to keep from turning?


    Edit: Im not sure what brand or model the valve is.
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2009
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    Picture please......but almost surely, no matter what the brand, that silver sleeve has to come off. It almost surely just unscrews. You could use a strap wrench to protect the chrome, but frankly it should be just hand tight...try that.
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    tube

    You probably have a PricePfister shower valve. Find a 1/2" socket that exactly fits inside the tube, (mine is a 15/16" one). Slide it into the tube, and grab the outside of the tube with a pair of pliers. Squeeze the tube against the socket and unscrew it. Then you can unscrew the large hex with a bigger socket, or a faucet stem socket. However, if that is the valve you have, I would not "repair" it, I would do the "simple" upgrade to the modern "lifetime" stems, which some knowledgeable plumbers know how to do without any modifications to the tile or wall.
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2009
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