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Old 09-02-2008, 09:44 PM   #1
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I have a bath/shower combo and recently did some work on other stuff. I used my bathroom as storage, so I did not use the shower for a few weeks. I went to use the shower and when i pulled the lever to go from bath to shower, just a bit of water dribbled out of the shower. I have ZERO plumbing experience, so I wouldn't know where to begin. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 09-02-2008, 10:12 PM   #2
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I'm going on the assumption that you did get an appropriate amount of water coming out of the diverter spout that fills the tub, right?

Is the lever that you pulled on the diverter? Something like this?

If so, your diverter is probably bad. If this is not similar to your setup, take a picture of your setup and post it here.

Diverters are easy to replace in most cases. They simply unscrew counterclockwise. You screw a new one on (hand tight) after rubbing some pipe dope on the threads. Test it for function. Once you know it works, caulk it to the shower wall with bathroom silicone.

If the old diverter is decades old, you may have a hard time getting it off. If so, you might need to call a plumber. If it isn't terribly old and the pipes it is attached to are in good solid shape, it should be a DIY job.

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Thanks for the reply. Yes, the tub filler works fine and yes, the picture you posted is exactly what my diverter looks like. I'll try installing a new diverter and let you know how it goes...this will be my first plumbing job...
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If you get good flow from the tub spout...when you pull up the diverter knob and the water stops coming out of the spout but won't come out of the shower head, the shower head is probably plugged.
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i agree with SD515, inspect the shower head for calcium/lime buildup. a good soaking in some CLR may be all it needs.

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