Removing Tub Spout

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by MissRancher, Aug 30, 2008.

  1. MissRancher

    MissRancher New Member

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    I'm trying to replace our tub spout but I can't figure out how to get it off. I thought I could just unscrew it, but either I'm wrong or something is stripped, because it just spins and spins and nothing happens. Am I supposed to do something other than spin it off? Now I'm paranoid that with all my spinning I've weakened the connection to the pipe and I'll have a leak inside the wall. Any advice? Thanks!

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  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    There are two types of spouts (generally) - those that screw on/off and those that push on. It appears yours is a push-on type. Somewhere, visible through that notch on the bottom, is a set screw that you have to loosen first. Then it will just pull off. You may have scored the pipe making it difficult to seal a new one, but you won't know until you get it off. The push on type use o-rings to make a seal, and the pipe must be smooth for them to work. Clean any burrs or you may slice the o-rings when you install the new one.
  3. MissRancher

    MissRancher New Member

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    Thanks for the response!

    I don't see a screw visible through the notch on the bottom. And when I turn the spout, the white plastic bit, and everything else which is inside the spout, turns as well. So if the screw is somewhere else inside there, I can't access it.

    I tried to immobilize the white plastic bit inside that notch so I could try and turn just the spout but not the inner bit, but I couldn't do that either.

    Any other ideas?
  4. MissRancher

    MissRancher New Member

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    Well with some creative use with a hacksaw, we found the screw and got the spout off. The copper pipe is indeed scored from the screw rubbing around it.

    Thanks for the help!
  5. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    The better diverter tub spout is made by Delta.
    There is a brass fitting that solders onto the copper stub.
    And then the spout threads onto that.
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