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    Default Shower faucet handles move when using diverter

    I've got an old cast iron tub with a two handle faucet with a shower diverter. This is pretty old school so there's no pressure balance valve or anti-scald features at all. We've been having problems with the faucet handles moving (you can see them move) when we're using the shower diverter. The worst one is the cold water, so my wife can't seem to take a warm shower at all because when she turns down the cold water it gets immediately hot, but then the cold handle turns on its own again. What could be causing the handles to move and is there a way to fix the problem (that doesn't involve gutting the bathroom and replacing all of the plumbing)?

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    Default Re: Shower faucet handles move when using diverter

    two options.

    #1 you can replace the cartridge on the cold side and see if that helps.

    #2 you can buy a new shower valve with a trim kit that will cover the old 3 handle units like you have. it's pretty tricky to do yourself with out the experience but a good plumber can do it in about 2-3 hours. this way you have the same shower, same tile but a new shower valve.

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    Default Re: Shower faucet handles move when using diverter

    You didn't mention the type of faucets, but I'd bet they are the old screw-stem and washer type. What is probably happening is that the whole assembly is moving, having come loose from the mounting in the wall. As you move one part, the other stem rubs somewhere causing it to move due to excess side-wear on the stem and valve body from years of use.

    I too think an up-to-date system is the best way to go. Flush-snd-scalds happen all the time in old homes and while the usual burns don't often require professional medical treatment, the falls from jumping out of the scalding water often do If your plumber isn't comfortable working with the tiles he may need to remove then get a tiler to meet with him and you to discuss the whole thing together. Having two trades involved may cost a little more now but the peace of mind in knowing the job was done as well as possible will be worth it when it is all still in great shape decades from now.

    Phil

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    Default Re: Shower faucet handles move when using diverter

    1. I'd try to fix the faucet by installing 3 new stems and seats (about $30). Special inexpensive tools required.

    2. If you want a new faucet, you can still get a three handle faucet. You install the body from behind the wall. The new faucet will fit the holes in the tiles. Knowledge in plumbing required.

    3. If you want to replace this faucet with a pressure balance faucet, you will have to deal with the holes. Knowledge in plumbing and tiling required.

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    Default Re: Shower faucet handles move when using diverter

    Sadly, it's not a three handle set up. It's a Barclay http://http://www.lowes.com/pd_195291-73838-205-S-CP_0__?productId=1227885&Ntt=barclay+shower+faucet &pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dbarclay%2Bshower%2Bfauce t&facetInfo= type faucet that I just replaced last year (because the other one was doing the same thing)

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    Default Re: Shower faucet handles move when using diverter

    Sadly, it's not a three handle faucet. It's made by Barclay and it looks like this http://www.lowes.com/pd_195291-73838...cet&facetInfo= faucet.

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    Default Re: Shower faucet handles move when using diverter

    I have the same problem. The old tub was original with the house in 1912. I converted to a shower/tub arrangement and installed Barclay faucet set about two years ago. The handles moved by themselves when using the diverter, so I installed a new set about one year ago. Perhaps I should check with Barclay. Thanks

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