Problems removing a bathtub spout

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by namrono6, Jan 10, 2007.

  1. namrono6

    namrono6 New Member

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    I have a Symmons Temptrol in my bath that is about 12 years old. I would like to replace it but I cannot back the old one out, probably due to corrosion. Is there a trick to this or an I stuck to carefully cutting it out? I haven't put a lot of force on the old spout as I don't want to break the plumbing. Any advice would be helpful.
  2. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

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    Most tub spouts either unscrew or pull out. If it pulls out, you have to find a set screw under the spout and loosen it with the correct allen wrench. If it still doesn't back out, try spraying some wd-40 or PB blaster to loosen it up.
  3. namrono6

    namrono6 New Member

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    Trying heat

    This is a threaded type with a copper threaded nipple sweated to 1/2 inch copper tubing. I have been since told that a litle heat with a torch and a little turning with a small wrench should break the corrosion. I'll get back with the results.
  4. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

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    I'm not sure how using a small wrench could work. Usually, you need to wrap the spout with a rag and use a big old channel locks to unscrew it. Make sure it isn't caulked in place. If it is, use a razor knife and remove the caulk.
  5. namrono6

    namrono6 New Member

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    The Solution

    I was replacing the spout so cosmetic damage to the old spout was not an issue. Simply applying a little heat with a torch broke the corrosion - man, there was a lot of corrosion after 12 years of use - and a little pressure with a 10" pipe wrench and the old spout came right out with no damage to the plumbing. I installed the new spout with hand pressure so as not to over-tighten but still insuring a nice tight fit to the tiled wall. By using hand pressure I also didn't have to be concerned with marring the new spout. Thanks to everyone who gave their input and I hope this helps out anyone else that has this issue and wants to save on plumber's costs. They have enough more complicated work anyway.
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