Newbie -- Help removing old faucet/taps

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Kokopelli, Jul 17, 2005.

  1. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli New Member


    Sorry I don't know the technical terms for all the parts . . . but I have an old faucet that i'm trying to remove.

    I have taken off the handles and see that there is another part that needs to be taken off under the handles (it has the small bits that actually turn the taps on and off inside it) These parts as well as the faucet are threaded onto the pipes (i believe I can see some teflon tape aswell) I cannot budge them. Any tips on getting them off?

    Thanks in advance,

  2. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli New Member

    Fixed half the problem . . .

    Well I took some wd40 to the old bits and one unscrewed, the second one snapped in half -- it was only plastic! So they're off. :)

    I can't however budge the faucet/spot. Any suggestions?


  3. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    San Diego
    A picture would help us.
  4. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli New Member


    Here's a pic -- I checked and there is no screw under the spout -- it just won't budge off that pipe!

    Thanks for reading


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  5. RioHyde

    RioHyde Plumber

    Cincinnati, Ohio
    You could use a hacksaw and cut down the length of the spout then pry it off or you could just remove the nipple along with the spout. Put a wrench on the ell fitting and use a small pipe wrench on the brass nipple to remove. If it still wont budge, try applying heat to the nipple and the ell then give it a try.

    Good luck
  6. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    New England
    If there is no setscrew, it is probably a screw-on type. Those threads can get nasty after decades! A long screwdriver up the spout might give you the leverage to unscrew it. Be careful you don't damage the pipe behind it. You don't want to twist or kink it. Might be easiest to just hacksaw it off, or unsolder the pipe coming out of the el (the 90-degree fitting). Then, when you get a new one, you can determine the needed length for either a press-on or screw on type you choose.
  7. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Cave Creek, Arizona

    The pipe should unscrew from the elbow, unless some DIY'er soldered it in because he was afraid of a leak.
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