tub spout

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by treefrog, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. treefrog

    treefrog New Member

    Jun 13, 2009
    Hello All,

    I am nearly finished creating a bathroom upstairs in our home. My issue is concerning the installation of the tub spout. I have tightened the spout (threaded) quite tight by hand and the spout is facing upward! I am worried that if I tighten it too much, I will break the solder seal in the threaded copper supply pipe.

    Any thoughts?

    Thank you.
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    If the solder joint is done properly, you won't be able to break it. If you did, you'd want to fix it! If you don't have decent screws holding the elbow in place, that could be a problem. If you only tightened it by hand, you should easily be able to go another 180-degrees by the use of a strap wrench or a screwdriver handle or dowel in the spout for leverage.
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  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington
    If it's soldered with lead free solder, the pipe would twist and the joint would never fail.

    If if was a 50% lead joint, then it would be weaker.
    And like mentioned above, you can try a little more wrap with the tape.
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