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Needzhelp

04:07PM | 12/21/02
Member Since: 12/20/02
6 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
I pulled out the knob for the shower to turn on and the water still came out of the faucet, I pushed in the knob and the water is still coming out of the shower and the faucet at the same time. I am assuming that I need to replace the diverter valve but I cannot find a water shut off for the shower, is it possible that it may be behind the shower between the walls? The back of the shower is in a bedroom closet(behind drywall). The house is only 16 years old. I cannot get to the diverter valuve from the front either I don't think, I may have to go through the wall aswell but am concerned about not finding a shut off valve, any suggestions?
Thank you

raymondvinzant

02:10AM | 12/22/02
Member Since: 11/17/02
50 lifetime posts
Actually, you will have to shut off the water to the house to work on the faucet. Most shower valves in homes do not have shut off valves. You can check if there is an access pannel, or you can pull off the chrome trim on the front of the tub and shower. Sometimes there are shutoff valves inside the wall by the body of the faucet. Even if there are, many times its easier to shut off the water in the basement, just in case you have a real problem. Then remove the chrome cap from the handle and take the screw out. The handle should then come off with just a little wiggling. Then take off the chrome cover on the wall. From your description, it sounds like you have a single lever faucet, with a diverter valve in the chrome cover. Once you get it apart, take the whole assembly to the hardware store for parts. If they do not have it, go to your local plumbing wholesaler.
Good Luck
Raymond
Plumbing Prof
Anoka Hennipin Tech College

Needzhelp

03:18AM | 12/22/02
Member Since: 12/20/02
6 lifetime posts
Thank you very much I really appreciate it.
Have a great holiday

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