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I bought this diverter so I could have a fixed shower head, but also have a a shower wand as well. The side male outlet would not accept the shower wand, nor the shower head. My understanding is both male outlets on the diverter should be the same. I was out of my return window for Amazon, so I contacted Delta customer service. Both times I waited on hold for almost and hour and then got disconnected when I made it to the front of the que. An email conversation only resulted in me being told the valve is not defective . They would not tell me why it is not defective, and would not answer my repeated question of whether both male outlet threads are supposed to be the same. Very disappointed.
I initially could not screw a hose to the lower thread and assumed it was the wrong size. However, after inspecting the diverter, it was obvious that there was an indentation in one set of threads from the casting process. I managed to muscle on the hose with a wrench about 3/4 of the way. I also wrapped the thread with 4 layers of teflon tape. The lower diverter connection still leaks a little, but it is too much trouble now to unscrew everything and mail it back. Unfortunately, Delta sells an obviously and knowingly defective product to the public.
Eventually, the screw holding the valve handle came loose and the whole thing fell apart. I could still insert the handle temporarily to turn the valve, but had to guess the diverter position since the 90 degree stop no longer worked. I replaced it with the same model and it contains the same defects. Someone please suggest an alternative product (the only other similar valve has too short threads for my application).
This unit has been cast and recast so many times that the molds they use are defective. I ordered this as did a friend for the same purpose and we each received, new in sealed package, Delta Faucet adapters with defective threads. His were smashed but still usable enough that he is using it. His leaks (due to the defective threads) and does not fully shut off the water but he says "Works well enough". Mine had wavey threads on one side such that nothing could be screwed on but I tested it anyway, out of curiosity, and found that it doesn't shut the water off all the way but, rather, to about 95%. This appears to be due to the use of a cheap flap type valve instead of the more desirable ball. Also, it does decrease water flow by about 1/4 if you use an older 2.5 gpm showerhead. Good luck finding what you need.
This valve obstructs the flow so much that the straight through direction is cut by 1/4 and the 90 degree direction is cut by 3/4 (basically a trickle). Absolutely unusable and I'm surprised there aren't more complaints about this issue
I may have just gotten a defective unit, and if that proves to be the case I'll revise this review later. For now, this is what I have:
The valve turns easy when the water is off...but once the water is on it will only move from diverted to straight. It gets stuck when trying to turn to diverted. Very odd.
In full "diverted" setting only a trickle comes through the handheld shower side. Completely useless. At least 90% of the water is still running through the main shower head.
In all settings it's HIGHLY restrictive. As others have mentioned despite being 1/2" pipe the opening is only 1/4" in size. The only way you can properly reduce water flow rates and still retain reasonable pressure is to do the restriction in the shower head itself. Restricting way back at the valve just turns your shower into a drinking fountain.
Waste of money. I'm switching over to a real tee fitting and full size valve.
Although seems to be of sturdy design and material, once the water diverted is switched to the on position the water flow is almost none existent. We have examined for water governor but nothing has helped the water flow.