First time homeowner here - plumbing adventure #1 replacing new shower head revealed decreased shower power due (presumably) to cruddy diverter in tub spout that lead to adventure #2. Unfortunately most hardware is polished brass which seems to be unpopular and hard to find a replacement to.
I tried to replace diverter, but it seemed not to move smoothly, so I attempted to clean out build-up. Diverter still does not fully divert (any possibly may be worse!) and I think I just need to replace the whole thing as I think corrosion of the outlet may be partially to blame.
I found out that the original was a Kohler gp85555 model that apparently no longer is made in polished brass. It is 5.5" long IPS with diverter of course. Although I am not particularly fond of the color, I had been told that replacing all the hardware to a new color, including the temperature control faceplate was over my head.
Any suggestions on how to find a replacement that has the same fit without having to adjust the length of the pipe (which protrudes 4" from the tile wall). Thanks so much.
I recently went on the Internet and ordered two polished brass tub diverter spouts for my bathrooms just like you are describing. Don't remember where I ordered them from or what brand name they were, but it was easy to find them. It doesn't have to be the same brand. Just Google them.