Bath/shower tap diverter sticking

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  1. GarethP

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    i think I know I’ll need to replace it but it’ll be a PITA job and, due to the location of the taps on the bath deck will probably mean removing the bath, so here goes...

    15 year old bath/shower tap. The diverter lever that swaps the water flow between the tap spout and the shower head is really sticky. I can just about get it to divert the water from one to the other, mostly. SWMBO can’t at all.

    Can they be serviced? I can’t see any obvious way in to the centre bit of the tap.

    TIA
     
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    Maybe a image or two so we can see what you are dealing with?
     
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    Take it apart and replace washers etc. Clean up and apply silicone lubricant and put back together.
     
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    I thought as soon as I’d posted but was at work!

    Here’s the tap

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    On closer inspection, can I dismantle from here do you think?

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    Might be an Allen Key job if you take the shower hose off or some way to dismantle from above. I’m not familiar with that kind I’m afraid.
     
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    Thanks. A job for the weekend, I think. Lying in the bath working upside down!
     
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    Well it’s not from underneath

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    I wondered if turning that bit might unscrew something but alas no. Above it is a spring which I could compress using a small screwdriver.

    Now think it might come undone from above. I did manage to rotate the spout about 90 degrees anti-clockwise but couldn’t get it to move any further.

    Looks like I can actually remove the taps and centre section from the parts that rise up out of the deck.

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    So that’ll be my next attempt. At least then I can look at it properly up close.
     
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    If you can't replace the diverter, I wonder if you could replace the whole of the tap unit? leaving the elbows attached to bath and not having to move it.
     
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    I hadn’t thought of that. Thanks. Worth a look and see if I can find some that would fit.

    Deep down I fear that taking the bath out to get the taps off will result in an impromptu bathroom renovation!!

    TBH it’s probably due as it’s been in 15 years, but I’d rather not have to at the moment.
     
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    Having had to take the bath out to replace the taps last year, I would spare you from that pain... :D
     
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    At least it’s stuck in ‘shower’ mode at the moment!
     
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    Must be removable from the top.

    As IG suggests, you might be able to replace the tap body. Depends if they’re cranked elbows or not meaning that the centres of the tap might not be standard.
     

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