In my guest bathroom, I have a bathtub with a shower - you pull up on
the tub spout diverter, and water comes out of the shower instead of
the spout (a very typical arrangement, nothing special). Guests
recently have been commenting that less and less water comes out of
the shower, and now most of the water comes through the spout.
In preparing to replace the spout, I was surprised just now when I
removed the spout that it wasn't the kind that is threaded on.
Rather, there is a small hex nut that is underneath, and, once that
nut is loosened, the spout slips off to reveal 1/2" copper pipe
protruding about 3" out - non-threaded.
Would it make sense to just replace the spout with something of like
kind, or is it easy and would it make more sense to convert the pipe
to have a threaded end so the spout could screw on and off? It's a
pain reaching underneath and securing the hex nut. Thanks!