How do I turn on the shower?

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  1. Jul 24, 2014 #1

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    Ok, I know I am missing something. I can't figure out how to turn on the shower on this fixture. Is the diverter valve somewhere else? It not on the spout from what I can tell nor the shower head.

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    Do you have a metal knob sticking out of the top of the tub spout? If you do pull up on it.
     
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    There isn't. I have never seen anything like this.
     
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    Interesting...I will check it out when I get home
     
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    If you plug the spout with your hand does it come out of the shower head? Maybe they tossed one on the wall to sell the place, unfortunately I have seen that.
     
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    Yikes, that is a possibility as well!
     
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    Thanks all, turns out the previous owners installed a non diverter spout.
     
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    Doh! At least you figured it out.
     
  10. Jul 25, 2014 #10

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    The shower knob didn't pull out to divert?
     
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    Yeah it didn't I almost pulled the thing off. The previous owners didn't use the shower so they just got a plain spout
     
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    The valve is a Mixet brand with separate temperature and volume controls. No built-in diverter.

    Interesting hack job by the previous owner. Usually the spout is the opposite. I had one last week where on a tub only the previous plumber, yes a real plumber, had installed the tub/shower diverter spout that came with the old faucet. When I changed the faucet out with a new model, I installed a tub only spout. Too bad we could not have switched spouts!
     
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    No kidding Zanne, thanks for identifying the valve. I was hoping to get the type if valve. I have never seen anything like it
     
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    i had a job where a so called plumber but i will call him a handyman mounted the tub spout where the overflow plate goes on the tub. a real genious. it is people like that that give true professionals a bad name.
     
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    Wow!

    Just wow!
     
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    Nowadays things and codes are different, but back in the days there was tub spout mount through the overflow hole. Here's a pic of a standing tub waste with faucet.

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    I was thinking the same thing when I saw the post. I never installed a setup like that but I have repaired a few.
     
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    I had that restored (inside & out) for a customer of mine.
     
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    I thought I was pretty creative with that one!
     
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    For clarification, it was SHR who identified the valve. Credit where credit is due. :D

    But I know how it can get confusing sometimes going through posts and putting the wrong name to the text. I do that often.

    And yikes on the overflow valve spot being used as a spout. I think one of my tubs has a diverter switch with a hole for the overflow.
     
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