Need help identifying shower diverter valve

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by pfreeze, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. pfreeze

    pfreeze New Member

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    Hi All!

    My name is Paul and I have minimal plumbing experience. Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, my shower diverter valve began not diverting water to the shower as it should when I turn it. In the process of removing it, I broke the stem.

    Anyway, I took it to Home Depot, but their plumbing guy couldn't identify it and thought it might be European or maybe even Spanish. I took it to an expert plumbing store, but they couldn't match it in their reference book, although they thought it might be a Grohe.

    Attached is a photo. It is at least 15 years old and has a 20 spline broach. Any help is appreciated.

    Paul
    Diverter Valve.jpg
     
  2. PlumbPowerHouse

    PlumbPowerHouse Plumber

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    Sometimes, it's just better to update and install a new valve.
     
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  4. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    Well, replacing the whole vavle is a drastic step! Finding the part may be hard, but there are some resources. One of the best is newyorkreplaement parts http://www.********.com/ but I don't know if they will help you via email or not.

    Another is alfano http://www.alfanoplumbingparts.com/faucetre.html
    Look at Eljer EL5011 on the alfano diverter catalog.
     
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Grohe does not have splines. It does have some similarities to a Kohler, which does have a 20 spline stem, although the handle does not look like a Kohler.
     
  6. pfreeze

    pfreeze New Member

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    Thank you

    My sentiments exactly....I don't mind replacing if I have to, but if I can replace this valve and avoid redoing the shower tile to install a whole new faucet system, I'll go that route for now.

    Thank you for the info on the Eljer EL5011. The schematic looks about right on, so I'll follow up with the local experts or with Alfano and see what happens.

    Paul

     
  7. pfreeze

    pfreeze New Member

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    So, as an update, turns out the guy at Home Depot was right. My shower valves and master sink valves are Spanish. I found the name "Docol". Looked it up at Chicago Faucet Shoppe and found the diverter for about $25 (Docal 89200 Diverter Cartridge). Lot better than breaking out tile!

    Thank you for your help.

    Paul
     
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