Tub Spout Not Flush

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by mgannon1, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. mgannon1

    mgannon1 New Member

    Jul 8, 2010
    Edmonton Canada
    I recently had a contractor replace my tiled tub surround with cultured marble. He did a great job but did not reattach the plumbing fixtures. I did not think this was a big deal and thought I could easily do it myself (I am not a plumber). Everything was a no brainer with the exception of 1 problem I encountered

    When I reattached the tub spout (threaded type) I noticed that as I tighten it, it is not flush to the wall. This is because there is some play in the pipe that the spout threads on to (which I can't access). The more I tighten, the larger the upward angle on the tub spout.

    The top of the spout is flush to the wall, there is a small gap (1/16 to 1/8 inch) at the bottom of the spout. Can I just caulk this or is there something else I should be doing to address this?
  2. Cookie

    Cookie .

    Oct 7, 2005
    Why not call him back up and inform him of this problem. He has probably dealt with this type of problem before and can readily fix it.

    I would be concerned about water getting down in there where their is a gap.
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  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Best practice (IMHO) would be to always use a dog-eared 'el' in the wall and anchor that end to some solid blocking. Then, assuming you got it perpendicular with the wall, there'd be a nice solid connection to mate the spout with. Leaving it unanchored spells amateur or cost cutting to me.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    The problem is that the pipe is not secured inside the wall, and at this stage it may be very difficult to correct the problem. As you tighten the spout, it pulls the pipe outward, and that makes it tilt upwards. Your only option may be to caulk it, but leave an opening at the bottom so any water that does get behind the spout has a way to escape.
  6. PlumbPowerHouse

    PlumbPowerHouse Plumber

    Dec 10, 2009
    South Carolina
    The best possible option would be to open up the wall to access the valve and slide a block between the spout and wall to pull the spout closer and flush with the tub wall.
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