Shower faucet drip a lot while showering

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  1. eltorro

    eltorro New Member

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    I have an old Delta tub/shower control.
    All of the water isn't diverted to the shower head when showering.
    On this type you pull the plunger on the faucet to shower.
    I have no model number to search on but I took a picture you can view at http://home.comcast.net/~richandellen/DSC00844.JPG

    How can I repair this?

    Dick.
     
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  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    I do not know why you disassembled the faucet to repair the bad spout diverter. And you took a lot more apart than is necessary even if you wanted to rebuild the faucet. Just buy a new spout, (the thing you call a faucet) and screw it on to the pipe in the wall where the old one comes off.
     
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  4. eltorro

    eltorro New Member

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    I took it apart so there was no confusion on what I had..so I could provide a picture. Must have taken 2 minutes and not being an expert or I'd be giving answers rather than asking, wasn't sure where the diverter was located.
    Yes I should have called it spout and not faucet.
     
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  5. jimbo

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    Thanks for the picture.

    Including a picture is by far the most helpful thing one can do to assist us in providing assistance. Since some Delta showers have a diverter as part of the valve assembly, this picture provided the positive identification of your shower as having the diverter on the spout. Thank you for the picture.

    By the way, save this picture. If your shower valve ever develops a leak, take the picture to the supply house. The picture clearly shows which type of ball you have and you can get all the parts on hand before you start to take it apart.
     
  6. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    One reason why I said you took more apart than necessary, is that from the condition of the valve body, you had a very good possibility of twisting the front part off. If that had happened, not only would you have turned a simple spout replacement into a major job, but if your plumber did not know how to reassemble it, (and most do not), you would have been installing a new valve and that could have been a very major job.
     
  7. eltorro

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    One screw the handle came off..2 screws the decorative cover came off then that is what you saw..it was very simple. Maybe there to more to it on current models..This one is 30+ years old..I didn't touch the guts of the valve.
    No functioning parts were removed except the handle.
    Dick.
     
  8. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    You unscrewed the large retainer nut and doing that is what breaks many valves if not done carefully if it is stuck. As an aside, the white "cam" is cracked so you might want to rebuild the valve as long as you have it apart.
     
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  9. eltorro

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    Actually my wife thinks she wants brass so the probability the whole thing will go..On that subject what would be you normal process for removal?
    I obviously can't use a pipe cutter in that confined area..Or can I just get brass trim, shower head etc and keep this valve?
    Dick
     
  10. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    IF you buy the Delta #642-PB you should be able to replace all the parts except the brass body in the wall. You will still not have a pressure balanced unit, but it will make the changeover without any wall repairs.
     
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    Current spout is threaded. Can I use a set screw spout without replacing the threaded nipple?
    Rich
     
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