I've got a new 8 inch tub spout with a diverter on it. I'd like to
use it on my new tub (that lacks a shower.) Any chance that I can use
a tub spout with a diverter in it even if there is no where to divert
to? Are there any issues with it?
Worst case scenario: The water is on full force, and someone lifts the
If the diverter seals well (usually only on a new spout), then the
water will just stop flowing. You will have to turn off the faucets
before you can lower the diverter. The diverter might be difficult to
lower because of static water pressure, but that will go away in a
minute. The diverter might possibly drop by itself.
If the diverter _doesn't_ seal well, usually from water deposits, then
you'll get a decreased flow from the spout. You'll probably still be
able to raise and lower the diverter with the water on.
I'm assuming the shower pipe is well capped.
Maybe you can "defeat" the diverter mechanism. By that, I mean that maybe
you can look inside the spout and see how the diverter mechanism works, and
how it seals off the flow of water. There may be a way to remove or take
out the plastic part that actually makes the seal.
When someone drips the diverter valve it will close, and trap the water
pressure behind in. Depending on how well it seals, how are you going
to open it again? If you shut off the mixer valve, you'll trap pressure
between the two valves, keeping the diverter closed.
Since water is not compressible, it doesn't have to leak much to keep
this from being a problem, just thought I would mention it.
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