Bath Tub Spout Removal and Installation

Below is a video of a tub spout being removed, cleaned, and installed.

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Before removing and replacing your tub spout, you will need to determine which type of tub spout you have. There are two types one with a diverter built in in the spout and the non diverter. Within those types there are different ways that the attach 1) Slip-Fit with a set screw 2) A threaded type.

How to tell if you have the Slip-Fit type is to look under the spout where it meets the wall, if you see a small slot concealing an Allen bolt. Then you have the Slip-Fit type. To view instructions on this style go to the bottom of the page.

The one I will be replacing is the nose tread/ front tread style. To replace this style take a set of medium Channellocks and turn the spout counter clockwise. It doesn’t matter if you damage it as we are replacing it.

With the old spout removed we can Clean the tile or fiberglass behind where the spout mounts. You can also clean the copper pipe off with plumber mesh. Next you can take a small wire brush to clean the threads of any tape or paste.

Next we will take Teflon tape and wrap it on the threads atleast 3 times to seal the new spout to the threads.

Next you can install the new spout. The spout should be tightened by hand. While tightening it keep in mind that it should face down towards the tub so if you go for an extra turn make sure you can make it all the way around so it faces down. If you need that little extra to make it face into the tub you can use a rag to put onto the spout and use the channel locks lightly to turn it. Next turn the water on, check for leakage where the spout meets the tub wall. If you have a gap between the spout and tub wall you can use your desired color bath sealant and caulk the top half of the spout to make it water tight. We do this so that water doesn’t run down the tub wall and go behind the spout and cause damage to the wall behind it.

That’s it your done replacing your threaded tub spout.

 

To remove the Slip-Fit style loosen and remove the Allen bolt. Then rotate while pulling the spout away from the tub wall and slide it off. With the spout off clean the copper pipe with plumbers mesh make sure it is good and clean as there is an o-ring that seals onto the copper pipe. With the copper pipe cleaned you can you plumbers grease and put some onto the copper pipe. With the copper pipe greased you should now be able to slide the new spout back on into place. Make sure the spout is facing down into the tub then tighten the Allen bolt. Next turn the water on, check for leaks where the spout meets the tub wall. If you have a gap between the spout and tub wall you can use your desired color kitchen and bath caulk and caulk the top half of the spout to make it water tight. So that water doesn’t run down the tub wall and go behind the spout and cause damage to the wall behind it.

That’s it your done replacing your tub spout.

 

 

 

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