How to Replace a Delta Single Faucet Shower Diverter

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Without a diverter valve, every bathtub-shower combination would have one set of controls for the water that exits from the bathtub spout and another set that regulates the water that comes out of the showerhead. A diverter valve is simply a switch that changes, or "diverts," the incoming water to either the bathtub spout or to the showerhead. Unfortunately, diverter valves develop problems, and leaks are the result. Thankfully, replacing a shower diverter manufactured by Delta is simple.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrench
  • Towel
  • Screwdriver
  • Deep-socket or a stem-socket kit
  • Turn the main water supply off by twisting the water supply valve next to the water meter in a clockwise direction with a wrench.

  • Place a towel over the tub's drain to prevent the risk of lost parts.

  • Pry the cap off of the middle of the diverter valve with a screwdriver, then use the screwdriver to remove the screw from the center of the handle. Pull the handle away from the wall of the shower to remove it.

  • Remove the screws holding the trim plate that surrounds the valve and rests against the shower's wall with a screwdriver, then pull the plate away from the wall.

  • Insert a deep-socket or a stem-socket kit into the shower's wall and twist the socket until it locks onto the edges of the diverter valve. Twist the valve with the socket in a counterclockwise direction until the valve can be withdrawn from the wall.

  • Insert the replacement diverter valve into the shower's wall, then tighten the valve in place with either the deep-socket or the stem-socket kit. Place the trim plate over the valve and against the wall, then install the plate's screws with a screwdriver.

  • Slide the valve's handle onto the tip of the diverter valve and install the handle's single screw with a screwdriver. Press the handle's cap into place in the center of the handle.

  • Turn the main water supply back on to complete the replacement process.

References

  • "Home Improvement 1-2-3," Benjamin Allen, 2003
  • Home Repair and Improvement, Creative Homeowner, 2006
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