A three-handle faucet type has two handles to control hot and cold water, and a third handle to control the diverter valve and direct water to either a tub spout or a shower head. The separate hot and cold handles indicate cartridge or compression faucet designs.
If a diverter valve sticks, if water fl ow is weak, or if water runs out of the tub spout when the flow is directed to the showerhead, the diverter needs to be repaired or replaced. Most diverter valves are similar to either compression or cartridge faucet valves. Compression-type diverters can be repaired, but cartridge types should be replaced.
Remember to turn off the water before beginning work.
Tools & Materials
Adjustable wrench or channel-type pliers
Deep-set ratchet wrench
Small wire brush
Replacement diverter cartridge or universal washer kit