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!
Well, let's see....To change the copper to a threaded fitting, you
would need to determine the exact length needed for a threaded
spout, cut the copper off at the correct length, buy a male adapter
the correct size, solder the new adapter in place, then screw on the
new tub spout and be very careful not to twist the copper.
Or you could buy a similar spout, slip it on and tighten the hex
Thanks for the comments. Here's a new one. I went to Home Depot and
found only one replacement that seemed like it would work - a
universal one that had plastic interior parts. There was one with a
hex screw on the bottom, but it didn't have a diverter to pull up so
water would go to the shower.
I'd rather put a brass or copper interior unit back in as the original
seems (but can't really tell for sure). Does it really matter or can
I go with the plastic interior? Thanks!
On 27 Sep 2004 10:59:36 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (Dilip Barman) wrote:
My Home Despot has two universal fit replacement tub spouts, identical
except one has a diverter and one doesn't. Check again, or better yet
go to a plumbing supply as I just did to replace a screw on spout and
get a better quality, less expensive, spout than at the Despot.
Are there several types of non-threaded connections for a tub spout?
I have one with the "pull-up" diverter and it needs replacing. There
seems to be a tiny hole on the underside of the spout, maybe the size
of a #2 screwdriver shaft. Should i be probing int here for a set
screw or a latch or something>
I don't want to just start poking or twisting thing and maybe break
What sort of oddball hook-ups might I expect?
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