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Old 06-16-2010, 11:30 PM   #1
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Tub spout woes...

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.


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Old 06-17-2010, 06:17 AM   #2
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Third handle diverters are just another valve with a washer and seat. If any part of that is damaged or worn, it will leak. Take a close look at the seat for kicks or corrosion.

New shower heads have flow restrictors(your government at work), that reduce flow and often pressure. It is a washer type thing with a small hole in it that can usually be removed.

Check with Kohler direct. They may still have the parts you seek in brass.


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Old 06-17-2010, 06:32 AM   #3
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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.
Good Luck!
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