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Old 04-09-2013, 01:53 PM   #1
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I have isolated a leak in my kids bathroom to only when they turn on the shower so I am assuming that it is either in the connection where the water faucets are and the mixing valve or it is somewhere in the pipe. Now again I am assuming that the pipe probably hasn't split and think my best course of action is to get to the back side of the faucets first and look there. As a general consensus do you guys think this is good thinking? I'm trying to minimize drywall destruction so want to start in the most likely place first. Thanks

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Old 04-09-2013, 02:00 PM   #2
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Have you checked the shower head connection? If you pull the escutcheon towards the head, you should see a threaded connection. The leak could be there. It could also be from the tub spout. The other thing you can do is remove the cover plate for the valve and see if you can see water.

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Have you checked the shower head connection? If you pull the escutcheon towards the head, you should see a threaded connection. The leak could be there. It could also be from the tub spout. The other thing you can do is remove the cover plate for the valve and see if you can see water.
I will look but when the tub is running with both hot water and then cold water individually it's dry as a bone. I will pull the plates and look and the head is pretty far into the shower and I see no leaks there. When I pull the head forward it's got very little room between the pipe and drywall. Also I need to get the plate off the changeover knob but have no clue how to remove the handle as there is no set screw or anything. Do I need to pop off the plastic front cover? Any idea?
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Old 04-09-2013, 03:14 PM   #4
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The real bottom line is that a little bit bigger drywall repair is not much different in terms of time and money than a little drywall repair. If you open up the wall stud to stud where the mixing valve is up to the drop eared connection, I would probably replace everything that was even remotely suspicious, then test it for a while to make sure I got it.
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The covers should pop off and there will be a screw beneath to remove the handle.
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Also I need to get the plate off the changeover knob but have no clue how to remove the handle as there is no set screw or anything. Do I need to pop off the plastic front cover? Any idea?

yes, take off the plastic cover. the screw holding the handle on is behind it.
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Did you bother to caulk around all the pretty chrome stuff first?
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Did you bother to caulk around all the pretty chrome stuff first?
I haven't even fixed anything yet. The diverter valve is leaking like crazy and that is probably it. The only problem is that the diverter valve is not a price pfister. It's smaller then a price pfister so trying to figure out how to get the darn thing out so I can get a knew one.
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Take the plastic cover off the handle of the divertor under it is a brass screw. Remove handle... THen with a deep well socket remove the divertor and find a local hardware store and replace it.
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Take the plastic cover off the handle of the divertor under it is a brass screw. Remove handle... THen with a deep well socket remove the divertor and find a local hardware store and replace it.
trying to do just that but diverter is stuck solid with a million years of crap and calcium. Any ideas how to loosen it up?
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Okay I am trying to get this diverter valve out but it's frozen solid. I don't even know the brand so I don't know if I am even taking it out right. I have a deepwell 5/8 inch socket that will go over it but it's so long that I can't get a breaker bar in it. I have tried vice grips but they finally start slipping around the socket. I would take out the dremel and cut it down some but I am worried that there is something else holding it in other then crude. I have seen some of these have nuts toward the inside but I don't see anything like that. Any idea what brand this is and what I can use to lossen it up so I don't snap the pipes behind the wall or should I go with the dremel and the breaker bar?
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Do you have one of these? It's got a hex pattern for a wrench.

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Do you have one of these? It's got a hex pattern for a wrench.

No I don't. I had a price pfister one but it was way to big
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Might want to pick one up to make your life easier. I thought of penetrating spray but I don't know if you want to get it in your walls. Also, it shouldn't matter but open the diverter while you are trying remove it.
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Okay I bought one of the tools suggested but couldn't find the right size so had to resort to the dremel to cut it down then the 5/8 in deepwell and the breakerbar. Came off like a champ. Going to start another thread to see if I can get the brand identified

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