How to Repair the Pop-Up for a Shower Faucet

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The pop up on a shower faucet controls the diverter valve. Learn how to repair the pop-up on a shower faucet with the help of a professional contractor in this free video.

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Hi, my name is Chris Wade. I'm a contractor in the city of Los Angeles. Today, I'm going to show you how to fix a pop-up in a shower faucet. We're here in our bathtub slash shower, and you're finding that your, when you turn the water on to get the temperature you want for the shower, and your pop-up shower valve isn't working properly, basically, the best way to fix this is to remove it, because most likely, it's just clogged, and it's just not allowing the mechanism to move up and down properly. The diverter valve cover needs to be removed, and the best way to do that is with some channel locks. You'll notice that I wrapped the teeth up in, I use electric tape, because it's just, I think, the best to protect this from getting scratched. Basically, you just want to get a good grip on it, and just turn counterclockwise. Most of the time they come out pretty easily, but sometimes you'll find some that are a little stubborn. Just turn it off until it comes off. And as you can see, there's a pipe that comes out, which is basically connected to the shower valves here. So, these off eliminates water coming out. If you look inside here, you can see all this gunk build up. And, just basically, you just want to get in there, and just clean it out. You know, just feel in there, look for any obstructions. And, this one seems to be in pretty good shape. You just want to check it and look for any type of a diversion that's going to stop it from popping up. We got a little bit of debris in there, use a screwdriver, whatever. Whatever it's going to be, it's going to pop out. This thing seems to be in good working order now. Before I put her back on, you want to take some of your Teflon tape, and need to, anytime you pull apart galvanized from a fixture, you always re-tape it, and you always go clockwise. Otherwise, when you screw it on, it'll just pull the tape right off. And, you just want to screw it back on. You don't want to overtighten it, but obviously you need to have it pointing down, not up. Now, there's two different kinds of diverters. The ones that you saw that I just popped in where the galvanized pipe is barely coming out of the wall, there's another kind, you can see down in there. In that case, you'd have a longer galvanized nipple coming out of the wall, you know, stick out whatever length it needs to be, and then it would just screw in from there. Basically, that's how you would repair a shower pop-up valve. Nothing to it.

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