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Bathtubs & Showers

Shower Diverter Problem‏

Question: When I pull up the knob to go from the faucet in the tub to have the shower come on the water doesn't completely shut off from the faucet. Is this something that is easy to fix or would it involve taking the tile off the wall to fix?

Answer: The easiest way to repair this problem is to replace the spout with a new one with a built in diverter. They are available at any of the Big Box stores. The spout screws on to a pipe, a pipe wrench or large pliers should release it - turn counterclockwise. Add Teflon tape to the joint when you put it back together. No tile needs to be removed.