Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Plumbing

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-23-2012, 08:03 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 7
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Loud pipes, no water in shower/tub


We installed an clawfoot tub about 8 years ago. The faucet has a handle that switches between the tub outlet and the shower head. It worked correctly for years, but now when switched to the shower head, it makes a loud pipe rattling noise and virtually no water comes out. When switched to the tub faucet, it works fine. Anyone know what's going on and how to fix it?

twentw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2012, 08:21 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: ohio
Posts: 1,100
Rewards Points: 508
Default

Loud pipes, no water in shower/tub


remove shower head from riser pipe and check screen in head for blockage if there is clean out and replace and try if there is not any or if after reinstalling head and problem consists try turning on shower and see if water comes out of pipe or if problem stays the same

__________________
"be careful at listening to just one persons advise" said me
"be careful at listening to just one persons advise" said myself
p.s. not all i say is a fact but not all i say is my opinion.
jaydevries is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2012, 08:39 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,646
Rewards Points: 1,000
Default

Loud pipes, no water in shower/tub


remove the stem that changes it from tub to shower. the washer on it is probably loose and thats making the noise.
DannyT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2012, 09:43 PM   #4
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 7
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Loud pipes, no water in shower/tub


Thanks for the suggestions. It's not the shower head - the problem persists even with the shower head off the pipe. I tried removing the stem that changes from tub to shower, but it appears to be a closed system - I didn't see any washers, at least not that I could get to. It actually sounds like the noise is coming from behind the wall.

BTW, the faucet looks very similar (although not exact) to this: http://www.vintagetub.com/asp/produc...item_no=P0796C.
twentw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 11:00 AM   #5
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 7
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Loud pipes, no water in shower/tub


Anyone else?
twentw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 12:20 PM   #6
DIY staff
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Kane county,Illinois
Posts: 21,860
Rewards Points: 2,368
Default

Loud pipes, no water in shower/tub


It's got to be a loose washer or bad cartridge in the diverter valve---have you removed it and inspected the guts to the diverter?
__________________
New members: Adding your location to your profile helps in many ways.--M--
oh'mike is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 12:34 PM   #7
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 7
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Loud pipes, no water in shower/tub


Is the diverter valve located directly under the handle? If so, I have tried to dismantle it with no luck. I have a very large wrench, and it won't turn. All I'm doing is damaging it.
twentw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 01:44 PM   #8
DIY staff
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Kane county,Illinois
Posts: 21,860
Rewards Points: 2,368
Default

Loud pipes, no water in shower/tub


Post a picture---first remove the handle---then the cap nut should easily unscrew--what kind of wrench are you using? if the nut is sticking--buying a deep socket might be the safest thing to use--
__________________
New members: Adding your location to your profile helps in many ways.--M--
oh'mike is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 03:44 PM   #9
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 7
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Loud pipes, no water in shower/tub



At this point, I've tried a combination wrench, an adjustable wrench and a socket wrench, and it won't budge. I'm afraid to try anymore because the edges are rounding off.

I'm not sure how anything with this setup can be bad. It's only about 7 years old and has almost never been used.
twentw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 04:20 PM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: ohio
Posts: 1,100
Rewards Points: 508
Default

Loud pipes, no water in shower/tub


do i see a retainer clip "little black c clip" holding stem little different let us know what happens when you pop it off do not lose that little guy
__________________
"be careful at listening to just one persons advise" said me
"be careful at listening to just one persons advise" said myself
p.s. not all i say is a fact but not all i say is my opinion.
jaydevries is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to jaydevries For This Useful Post:
oh'mike (02-26-2012)
Old 02-26-2012, 04:44 PM   #11
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 7
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Loud pipes, no water in shower/tub


I took off the retainer clip, but it didn't make any difference. At this point, there is no way it will come off since the edges have been rounded off. If anyone knows of another suggestion, please let me know.
twentw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 04:46 PM   #12
DIY staff
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Kane county,Illinois
Posts: 21,860
Rewards Points: 2,368
Default

Loud pipes, no water in shower/tub


Quote:
Originally Posted by jaydevries View Post
do i see a retainer clip "little black c clip" holding stem little different let us know what happens when you pop it off do not lose that little guy
Picture helped--there is your problem--remove the circlip--
__________________
New members: Adding your location to your profile helps in many ways.--M--
oh'mike is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 05:19 PM   #13
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: ohio
Posts: 1,100
Rewards Points: 508
Default

Loud pipes, no water in shower/tub


ok now maybe turn spline and see if it comes out or relieves down pressure which might make nut tighter the only other thing is could it be reversed thread try turning the opposite way
__________________
"be careful at listening to just one persons advise" said me
"be careful at listening to just one persons advise" said myself
p.s. not all i say is a fact but not all i say is my opinion.
jaydevries is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 05:24 PM   #14
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: ohio
Posts: 1,100
Rewards Points: 508
Default

Loud pipes, no water in shower/tub


also i see a diverter connected to hand held does it have same problem when that is running other shower head or hand held sorry i wish i could say i have worked this exact faucet before have installed a few repaired a few always different
__________________
"be careful at listening to just one persons advise" said me
"be careful at listening to just one persons advise" said myself
p.s. not all i say is a fact but not all i say is my opinion.
jaydevries is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2012, 09:33 PM   #15
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 7
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Loud pipes, no water in shower/tub


At long last I was able to get the diverter out. Unfortunately I have taken it to several plumbing supply shops and they can't find a replacement. I have no idea who made the faucet, and there are no markings on it. I bought it in 2004 but can't find anything showing where I bought it.

I have attached a picture of the diverter. It is about 2 3/4 inches long and about 1 1/8 inches wide. Any help in identifying this would be appreciated. I really don't want to replace all of the tub hardware.


twentw is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bonding water pipes WillK Electrical 14 06-14-2011 06:14 AM
Draining water out of shower pipes docmattman Plumbing 9 05-23-2011 07:43 PM
How Do I Properly Shock Chlorinate a Water Softner classicflytyer Plumbing 5 07-14-2009 12:15 AM
No Cold Water at all - both cold and hot pipes are burning to the touch bluecifer Plumbing 12 01-19-2009 10:29 AM
Installation of new pipes on Water main... NJE Plumbing 3 02-05-2007 12:06 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.