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How to repair,replace push button diverter on Delta tub/shower faucet with "Scald Guard"So, you were gonna take a shower. You push the button on your shower faucet, it breaks and water starts coming out of this little hole! And it's aimed where you don't want it. Makes you so mad, you almost tore up your tickets to Hawaii.
Not to worry citizen. You can replace one of these Delta shower faucet diverters for single handles (not separate hot and cold) and i even took pictures for you. Sorry didn't make a video. No i'm not. Why should i be? I ain't gettin rich you know. Anyhow, hope these instructions help you out, so you don't have to call that plumber from the movie "Money Pit". That would be just plain horrible.
Alright, these are the tools needed to
"replace Delta push button shower diverter" for single handle faucets.
• Part number RP5649 for delta push button diverter assembly for single handle tub/shower faucet or you can also use the diverter made by danco (part number 80971).
These are available at some hardware and home improvement stores (see below)
• Hopefully, you have ONE of these tools to remove the nut-
-7/8 inch wrench or socket. Guy name of Reid said he used the "closed"
end of a wrench. Steve also wrote and said a delta rep, Eric, says it is a
7/8" nut. Thanks guys. You deserve a supreme pizza.
-Adjustable wrench (crescent wrench). This may not work well if the
plumbing is set back into the wall.
-21 mm deep well socket and ratchet (Steve Olis from Alabama said he
used them). Couple of people said a 22 mm worked instead
-Vice grips (gal named Ceejay said she used these)
• Penetrating oil or WD-40 (may not be needed).
• Screwdriver for slotted screws
• Phillips screwdriver
• 5 in 1 tool or pry bar or stiff putty knife
• Utility knife
• Teflon tape or teflon paste
• Cup of ice water. Just in case things don't go well and flames shoot outa your mouth.
Note: Since you will not be removing the center stem, you do NOT have to turn the water supply off
1. Remove center cap that covers a screw (use a small screwdriver or utility knife).
2. Remove phillips screw, pull off the knob. If the shower knob does not come off, you can buy a knob puller from the home improvement store for about $10.00 (tip from Clayton)
3. Remove the two trim ring screws.
If there is caulk around the ring, cut it with your
This is the new part you will need to buy. I got mine at one of the big box stores that start with an "L". The part number is RP5649. Strangely enough, could not find this part on L*wes website. It is listed on H*me Dep*t's website.
If the big orange store is close to you, you could call them and ask for SKU # 828761(delta brand) or SKU # 878732 (danco brand) Might save yourself a trip if they are out of stock.....
As of May 2013, the price was $14.95 for the delta and $ 9.83 for the danco.
Be a good little shopper. Whenever you buy a part in a package like this, always cut a L or [ shaped slit on the back. This way, if the part is the wrong one, you can take back a package that does not look like it was run over by uncle ed's 4 x 4.
4. Take your pry bar, 5 in 1 tool or a flat blade
screwdriver and pry the ring from the tile or wall.
Do this in 2 or 3 different spots. You want to pry it
out enough to get your fingers behind it.
5. Spray a little lubricant where the ring meets the center protrusion so the ring will slide over it. Use both hands to gently remove trim ring. I only show my one hand cause i was holding the camera with the other one. Couldn't afford to hire that cute lady photographer with the long blonde hair---ok, getting distracted again. Rock the ring from side to side to get it to slide over the center cover.
6. Spray penetrating oil, wd-40 or whatever you have on push button shower diverter nut. Give it a few minutes to do its magic. Note: the nut may come loose without having to use anything.
7. Take one of the tools listed above and gently start to loosen the nut. I used an adjustable wrench cause that is what i had. Note: As Clayton pointed out, "lefty loosey". This can be a little tricky cause the nut does not have much surface area to grip. If the nut is so tight you see the copper pipes start to bend, call a real plumber. You don't want a flood. Mine came loose without a lot of struggle.
8. Take some needle nose pliers or something small to remove the old broken part. Make sure there is no debris in the hole!
9. Start to wrap the new delta shower diverter threads with teflon tape. Make sure to wrap it from left to right as shown. 2 or 3 complete turns should be plenty.
Note: you can also use teflon "paste" instead of teflon tape (that way you don't have to trim anything)
10. Take utility knife and trim off excess teflon tape-don't cut the black plastic piece. You just don't want any teflon tape to end up in the pipes or valve assembly.
11. Install new delta "push button diverter". Be careful you do not cross thread (That's enough to make a preacher kick out a stained glass window).
Snug it with your adjustable wrench. No need to overtighten.
12. Put the knob back on temporarily (don't install screw just yet). Turn shower on and check the new assembly to make sure it is not leaking. If ok, remove knob and install trim ring, reinstall screws, recaulk. Now, you can take a real shower.
I hope this picture tutorial is helpful on
"Replace Delta shower diverter"
Since you are a do-it-yourself kinda guy or gal, you could use a cool stick on to your tape measure. Click on the yellow tape measure below......
Oh, don't forget to like or give a thumbs up too!
Question from Sally---
"My shower has just the push button diverter to turn the shower from tub to shower. Is it supposed to have a knob on there too?? Its always been this way and I'm selling my condo now and I'm wondering what an Inspector might say about it. It works fine, but always thought it looked a little weird, like it was missing something. Thanks!!"
About your question Sally. No, that push button is NOT supposed to have a knob on it, so don't worry. The inspector should not even notice or bring it up. If he/she does, they need a good swift kick in the back pockets for being a goof. Take care and send me 5.00. Ok, never mind,
Comment from John---
Just a note of thanks. Your directions were really helpful.
Regards, John L
Appreciate your response John. "Fix On", Crabby
Question from Andrew---
Ok this may be a foolish question but I am just making sure
because my set up looks just like yours. Do I need to turn the
water off before attempting this?
Your question is not foolish. Foolish is spitting into a headwind.
No, you do not have to turn the water off, at least i did not have
to. Good luck with your repair,
Crabby the Magnificent....well...at least pretty good
Several do it yourselfers have asked if the hole where the diverter goes can be plugged and a spout with diverter used instead.
Yes! Thanks to viewer and do-it-yourselfer Matt, the plug is about 15 dollars and the part number is Delta RP 2865. I do not kow if this is sold in the big box stores but it is available online.
THanks for posting your article about replacing the diverter valve and thank for posting the part number! I've been searching for that thing but I didn't know what it was called or the part number. You saved me a load of time and frustration! Silas
You are an encouragement for those of us trying to save. Nice of you to bother. You silly thang. Elizabeth W.
Thanks Crabby for your information and help!!! It was exactly what I was looking for and oh so perfect!!! Al S.
Thanks a heap!! Saved me a bunch of aggravation with your guidance - 'specially the part about 22mm deep well socket for the shower diverter! You da man!! Eddie
Response---Eddie, Glad i could help. As far as the deep well socket tip, Steve from Alabama is "da man" on that one........Crabby
From Andy W
I thank ye for the tips about replacing the diverter. My wife heard me bellowing while performing this task and feared the worst, but she was hearing howls of a man who would not be vanquished.
Your advice is much appreciated. Lyndon Johnson would be proud.
I am not sure if the W in your name stands for wolf (you were howling),
but I am proud indeed to have been a part of your grand and glorious
endeavor. May you continue to be filled with wisdom and fortitude.
P.S. Lyndon Johnson and i had a falling out some time back, but he
would still be proud.
Crabby, thanks so much for posting the info on replacing the shower diverter. Particularly the step-by-step photos! Saved me a lot of time and aggravation, not to mention the $100+ plumber bill. My wife pointed the problem out on the weekend so bought the Danco replacement part at Home Depot instead of the official Delta. Seems to do the job and less expensive. Also, didn't have a deep socket to get the diverter out, but borrowed a neighbor's 7/8" combination wrench--using the closed end was able to get 'er done. Thanks again!
--Your welcome Reid. Thanks for the tip about the 7/8" wrench. Continue onward and upward, Crabby........."Fix On"
From Molly (May 11, 2013)--
Thanks crabby- 34 year old single mom followed your directions and our shower works again without an expensive plumber bill!! Thanks again!
--Your welcome Molly. Glad i was able to help out. Course, the plumber lost some business. Think he might be crabby? NO---because that's me!
From Ceejay (June 2013)--
Just used your instructions to replace the Delta shower diverter. Works perfectly! I very carefully used vice grips to loosen the nut on the old diverter in that incredibly tight space. Thank you Crabby from this proud Did It Myself Gal!
--You're welcome Ceejay. Good job!
To quote from an astro-nut "One small step with vice grips, One giant leap for a do-it-yourself gal....."
From Clayton (June 2013)--
Thank you for posting your instructions on replacing the Delta faucet diverter. It is always a feeling of accomplishment to do it yourself and your instructions helped immensely. The 22 mm deep socket worked like a charm (I know, you did not originate the suggestion, but you did post it.) There are several things I would add after this experience. First, if you have trouble removing the faucet handle, invest $10 in a Heavy-Duty Faucet Handle Puller, available at the same store as the diverter and 22 mm socket, rather than risking the plumbing. Second, remind viewers that the diverter has standard threads (lefty, loosey) so they don't apply torque in the wrong direction. Third,
Teflon paste is an alternative to the tape and does not require trimming.
Thank you again, Clayton
--Clayton. Everyones comments, including yours, have made me proud and even moved me (slight moisture starting to accumulate in eyes). Your welcome and "fix on", Crabby
From Ralph in Michigan (July 2013)
Got the delta diverter in with your help here.. Thank you.. Ralph in Michigan
--Ralph, you are mostly welcome! Remember to "Fix On"
From Matt (August 2013)
With regard to the Delta shower diverter fix. I did remove and plug the diverter in my early 90's Monitor 1700 series in order to upgrade it to a newer model with the diverter in the tub faucet. The part required to plug receptacle for the original diverter is Delta RP 2865 (approx $15). It tightens right with a 22mm socket. Let me know if you'd like me to write a more detailed description of the procedure. I appreciate the info provided to get me started on the project.
--Kudos dear Sir. America salutes your spreading of knowledge. Together, we will overcome!
From Tyler (August 2013)
Hey I have a delta shower with the push button water diverter. When I push it in it still runs out of the spout and shower head. I went and bought a new one and put it in then pressed it and nothing happens just runs out the spout only. What could this be? please help me!!!!!
I have grave news for you. You may have to buy a new house. Well, ok that is just a blatant exaggeration (ow, those two words just hurt my head). Anyways, i would take out the new diverter (hopefully you did NOT cut off the black plastic piece before installing it!) and make sure there is no debris in the hole and then reinstall. If still no luck, hit me back (don't take that literally)
From Cynthia (August 2013)
THANK YOU SO MUCH for a wonderfully informative and thorough website. Your directions, pictures, and model/skew numbers (along with the much needed humor) are appreciated more than you'll ever know. I'm sending your website information to everyone I know as it is the BEST!
Cynthia my dear,
Thank you for your kind, educated and deserved comments. I figure if i'm not gettin' rich, at least i can help someone with a problem (haven't given up on gettin' rich though). Crabby.........."Fix On"
From Phil (Sept 2013)
I never dreamed I would be snickering & laughing as I wrestled with my plumbing problems, but your extra cool presentation has me doing just that! I had dialed my plumber's number and waiting, when I thought - why not look on the internet for how to change out the single knob diverter? The rest is history - Crabby to the rescue. Not just great info and how-to but smiling all the while. Nice job, Crabby.
Thanks so much, Phil V.
You are welcome my good man. Yes, having a good time whilest fixin' stuff is much better than cursing and drinking oneself into a stupor, while others look on, shake their heads and say, "He just couldn't handle the repair, tsk, tsk"
Crabby, CEO of edutainment
Skip this step if using teflon paste
Do NOT cut plastic piece off!!