American Standard Colony Diverter Problems

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  1. millsde

    millsde New Member

    Mar 19, 2008
    Engineering Designer
    Pensacola, Fl.
    I replaced the stems on a 1972 vintage American Standard Colony set. I fished 'most' of the peaces out of the old ones, replacing cold, hot and divertor colony long stems (link below for picture of diverter)

    I have good pressure but from the gitgo I was bypassing too much water to the tub spout when fully diverted to the shower. I finally called a friend, a full time plumber to come look at it.

    He took it out, did what he wanted and put it back. Still bypassing water. He said give it a couple weeks to fully seat. (Fine freind, huh?)
    Well, a couple months later my wife is about to kill me if I don't fix it.

    I pulled it out and it tried to stick like the old one when I pull it. When I got it out, the backing screw stayed in. Fortunately this one didn't fall down the valve body and I fished it out.

    Now, the questions. Do I lock-tight that sucker? Tighten it down tighter against that nylon bushing? What is grabbing it and working it out as the diverter is rotated?
    Why can't I get more water to divert to the shower? No probs fully diverted to the tub spout. I could understand if I was getting water up to the shower when trying to use the tub spout. Like a partial obstruction from a dropped screw or stem peaces? I just don't visualize an obstruction up to the shower.

    Any help is of course very appreciated.
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