tub spout diverter gateWhen you lift up on the tub spout diverter to direct water up to the shower head, does water still pour out of the tub spout? You probably need to replace either the gate in the tub spout, or just go ahead and replace the entire spout altogether.

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You will find that the finding a replacement gate will be the hardest part of the job, which is why most people replace the entire tub spout. You can try contacting the manufacturer for the part, but for under $20 you can buy the entire spout.

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If you are able to get the right part, you can replace the gate without too much difficulty. The knob that sticks out of the top of the spout will unscrew. You will probably need some needle nose pliers to reach up and pull the gate out. The new gate will fit back in its place. The gate will slide into some grooves that will help it stand up to the water pressure. The gate will only go in one way, so it helps to take note of how the old gate was oriented into the grooves.

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Much of this is by feel. When the gate is in place, you can install the knob and then give it a test. When you let go of the knob, it should immediately drop down into position. This will allow water to flow into the tub when you turn the water on.

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