Tub Spout won't come off

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by 007, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. 007

    007 New Member

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    I am trying to replace my tub spout. The first time I did this 6 years ago, all I had to do was turn it counter-clockwise and screw a new one in. This time however the spout won't come off, I have turned it many times and it doesn't seem to come move at all. I have double checked it is doesn't have a set screw. The weird thing is it just keep turning. Any ideas on what is going on, maybe the pipe rusted onto the spout? How would I then get it off?
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2008
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    The old one was probably metal, then new one mostly plastic (on the insides anyways). My guess is that the threaded section is broken away from the supports, but is still holding it in place. Might have to cut it away to get it off. See what the others have to say...
  3. melt it off

    take a propane torch and simply melt the
    pot metal....

    we have ahd to do this in the past to
    get some of them to comply.....

    they melt easily, just put down something
    to keep the hot debris from landing in the tub
  4. 007

    007 New Member

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    Thanks for the replies.

    When you say "pot metal" what part of the spout do you mean. I don't know much about this stuff. Do meant to melt off the entire spout off of the pipe?
  5. patrick88

    patrick88 Plumber

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    I don't think it is a good idea to melt a plastic spout. I would cut it off. try not to cut the pipe.
  6. pot metal

    Usually the actual spout is pot metal chrome

    its very very cheap metal that will literally melt
    like lead when heated enough...

    when i get one that I think I might twist off in the wall

    I will usualy attempt to melt it off before doing damage to the copper arm ......

    Of course if it is a plastic spout ,

    that could be a little messy

    it really depends on what is comming out of the wall
    and what is is attched to
  7. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    I usually take my channel lock pliers and give them (the pot metal ones) a little crush breaking off the outer shell. Kinda like cracking a lobstah claw. Once its gone you'll see whats inside. My prediction is that there was a locking screw but you turned it and couldn't see it after that.
  8. 007

    007 New Member

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    Thanks for the suggestions.

    I basically took my blow torch and heated up the spout in the front. This allowed the plastic inside to melt slight and slide right off. I think had another small plastic part on the inside that wouldn't budge, so I basically slightly heated up the pipe and that allowed the plastic part to come off.
    now I am trigger happy with the torch ;)
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