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Hello,
I'm no DIY expert but have been attempting to fix my shower to bath switch. I believe this may be a shower diverter issue but wouldn't mind some advice from someone who actually knows what they are talking about ( unlike me!).
I have this unit in the bathroom (see photo) that is supposed to, when moved up/down, switch between the bath and the shower. However, when moved, the shower remains on permanentlpermanently, and the taps never start.
Do you think I need to replace it? If so I'm a bit confused about what to buy. The flat is 10 years old and I can't see anything that looks similar on any sites I've looked at. Any recommendations/advice greatly appreciated.
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Sorry, here is the picture.
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Plenty available...

http://www.betterbathrooms.com/taps/mod ... gK1hvD_BwE

I have never used this company though, so can't recommend them.

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The divertor is a simple valve and what normally happens is that limescale jams it up or the spring fails. It is usually very hard to unscrew the parts which probably have corroded together over time. You might be lucky and manage to get the rounded bit above the spout to undo but I doubt it.

It is a fairly straightforward job to replace the unit (wriggle room permitting) and you can get a replacement unit cheap enough. Cheapest I found was this http://www.screwfix.com/p/swirl-contrac ... -tap/61344

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Some lock in the up position and need a quarter turn to release back down.

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dewaltdisney wrote:
The divertor is a simple valve and what normally happens is that limescale jams it up or the spring fails. It is usually very hard to unscrew the parts which probably have corroded together over time. You might be lucky and manage to get the rounded bit above the spout to undo but I doubt it.

It is a fairly straightforward job to replace the unit (wriggle room permitting) and you can get a replacement unit cheap enough. Cheapest I found was this http://www.screwfix.com/p/swirl-contract-deck-mounted-metal-head-bath-shower-mixer-tap/61344

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Thanks. I might have a crack at changing it then. I have a Screwfix about a minutes walk from where I live so should easy to grab one of those. What tool would I need to purchase to remove the existing unit and fasten the new one?

Thanks to everyone else for the other responses also :thumbright:

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This is a useful tool for that job http://www.screwfix.com/p/adjustable-basin-wrench/14631

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If you're replacing them, why not fit a thermostatic bath/shower mixer. Cheap as chips here & even cheaper on eBay;
OurTaps - Thermostatic Bath Shower Mixer Taps 057D with 7 Cms Tall Deck-Mounting Legs https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00AVUQJ7M/ ... PzbY4245HH

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dewaltdisney wrote:
This is a useful tool for that job http://www.screwfix.com/p/adjustable-basin-wrench/14631

Good luck with the job :thumbright:

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Ok, i've used the tool and managed to get the main nuts loose. I'm now at a point where i'm attempting to get the washers off that you can see at the very top in the photo.

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I'm still debating whether they are washers or part of the actual old tap unit. I think they must be a washers as I can't budge the unit!
Whilst the wrench was used to get the nuts loose, I think these washers may be too narrow. The space is very limited in there so I don't think i'll be able to get any leverage with a conventional wrench (not that I have one). Any tips on what I can use for this tricky little bit?

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Yes, they are what secures the unit to the bath. Undo and remove them and the old unit will lift clear to allow this. Put the new unit in and thread those brass washer type nuts back on (they are much better than the plastic ones that will probably have come with the new one) Replace the larger tap connector nuts and test for leaks. It should be okay.

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dewaltdisney wrote:
Yes, they are what secures the unit to the bath. Undo and remove them and the old unit will lift clear to allow this. Put the new unit in and thread those brass washer type nuts back on (they are much better than the plastic ones that will probably have come with the new one) Replace the larger tap connector nuts and test for leaks. It should be okay.

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Cheers. I've managed to get the nearest one off but the far one isn't budging. The tool keeps slipping off as it's so much wider. I'll try again tomorrow.


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Can you get a spanner on it? A squirt of WD40 might also help. It looks real tight there but persevere, you are nearly there.

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I forgot to say, I managed to get it off with the adjustable wrench in the end. It just took a bit of practice! Thanks everyone.



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