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shel140
frozen shower diverter value
shel140

I haven't used the shower in my second bathroom for a while and when I tried to use it the shower the diverted value wouldn't turn. I have taken value apart but cann't remove value body.(item that turns to divert water to shower)it is frozen its housing. I have been soaking value shaft with WD-40 for two days with no luck. Is there a way that I can free up the value with out having to replace the complete fixture.

A. Spruce
Re: frozen shower diverter value
A. Spruce

If you can't get the valve apart for cleaning and repair, then install a new tub spout with a built in diverter. It won't be quite as good as your current valve set up, but it will work and $10 is better than several hundred or thousand dollars to change out the valve.

BTW, soaking the valve stem with WD-40 isn't going to do anything if the stem nut and washer are still in place. If you can remove the stem nut and washer then you might be able to use a penetrating spray to loosen the valve stem.

Rodney H
Re: frozen shower diverter value
Rodney H

Try soaking it with CLR, or LimeAway. You might have to leave it soak for awhile, so it penetrates through all the old lime and rust deposits. I have done this, with great success. Sure beats buying a new diverter assembly.

Good luck.

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