July 11, 2016
Replace that Leaking Bathtub Shower Diverter for Good
Replace your bathtub shower diverter quickly and easily. Nearly everyone has, at one time or another, used a shower where the diverter valve is worn out or broken, causing water to drip out of the tub spout, and weak water pressure from the shower head while you are showering. It is bothersome, and the water that leaks out of the tub spout pretty much just goes to waste “down the drain.”
But did you know how easy it is to fix this problem? Watch this video to learn just how simple and inexpensive making this repair can be on your own…no need to hire someone to do it! And you can save around $100 by doing it yourself ! We show you:
- All the tools and materials you will need to complete the job
- How to remove the old tub spigot and pipe, even if your fixture is old, and the spout appears to be tightly fused to the pipe
- How to select and prepare the new tub spigot and pipe, including how to use teflon tape and pipe sealant (a.k.a. pipe dope) to ensure that the newly installed fixture will be leak-free
- How to install the new tub spigot and pipe, using a pipe wrench
You Can Do This!
by See Jane Drill, Copyright 2016
Thank you for your videos! Just put in a new diverter and it works beautifully. I never would have thought I could do it, but your clear instructions and encouragement gave me confidence. Thank you!
Hi Mary, Glad to hear that we were able to help out! Thanks for commenting.
THATS ALL WELL AND GOOD FOR THAT TYPE OF SET UP BUT WHAT ABOUT THE SET UP PN A DOUBLE FAUCET WITHE THE DEVERDER AT THE END OF THE SPOUT HOW DO YOU GET THE DEVERTER OUT TO REPLACE IT WITH OUT REMOVING THE WHOLE FAUSET, THIS IS IN A MOBIL HOME EIGHT IN CENTER FAUCET
Hi Ron, This is a specialized set-up because it’s a mobile home, and I’m not an expert on mobile homes. However, generally there should be an access panel behind the shower to remove the faucet assembly.
Done, done and done….. THANKYOU
you’re very welcome, Chris!
Your video is wonderfully easy and complete. I have the same problem you describe, however, I took a big mirror and could see under the spout as I pulled up on the knob. The piece of plastic that moves up and down to block the water is intact….not even a chip in it, and it moves up all the way easily when the knob is pulled up. So I’m wondering if I really need a new spout, or could it be that there is a leak at the spout end of the copper pipe?
Hi Linda, when troubleshooting such an issue, it is best to go through process of elimination, with the easiest task first. So I would suggest going ahead and trying to replace the spout, which will only cost you $10-$15, and won’t take very long to do. Just remember that some spigots have a set screw underneath, and you just remove the set screw and pull off the spigot. But some spigots are on a threaded pipe that you have to unscrew. In our video, it was the kind that you unscrew, but the pipe was seized to the spigot, so we had to replace both. But it is unlikely that you will have to replace the pipe.
Your Videos are OUTSTANDING and Thank You for My Question to you is Are or is there a video that I Can use to build a wall inside the home and place an electric fireplace in it I Want it to look like a Real fireplace
Thank You for any information
Totally love you!!! My diverter was bad for a very long time: it made noises, it would leak… but I was afraid to tackle it myself. But after watching your video — and reading the comments — I realized mine had a set screw. OMG…couldn’t have been easier to fix. All that time I wasted, all those showers with poor pressure, figuring it was too complicated…I’m embarrassed about it now!!!
I’m sending you a virtual hug along with all my thanks!