We are about to move into a house in a couple weeks. One of the problems
that needs to be addressed is the fact that the faucet in the bathtub is
missing the plunger that you pull up to engage the shower. I would think
that the faucet would unscrew from the piping and I could then see if I
could find the parts to put in a new plunger. Does this make sense to
anyone? Any tips or advice would be very appreciated.
It's called the tub "spout". The one you have is a "diverter spout".
There are a dozen different types. Some screw onto a threaded pipe,
some have a setscrew and slide on.
If it is threaded, there is some risk to unscrewing it;
if the pipe is copper, it may twist. If ancient galv iron,
it may break off.
Move cautiously on this project so you don't get into a bigger one...
I repaired the same thing at my mother-in-laws a couple weekends back.
Her show had the diverter button (the thing you actually pull up)
Home Depot did not have one for some reason, but the local hardware
store (yes they still exist) had one. Word of wisdom: After you
twist off the spout you are replacing, take it with you to the
hardware store. Also measure the length of pipe sticking out of the
wall. With those two things, you can probably come pretty close to
replacing with satifactory results.
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