from slip-fit to screw-on tub spout


Old 11-24-00, 03:49 PM
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My bathtub has a slip-fit spout and I'd like to replace it with a screw on. Do I need to replace the nipple (which may not be possible) or is there a fitting that I can use?
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Old 11-24-00, 09:30 PM
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If I'm following you correctly, there is no nipple that you can replace (without tearing into the wall to do so). The compression fitting on the back of your tub spout joins to a 1/2" copper pipe that is stubbed out of the wall. To convert that to a thread-on type spout, you would have to solder a thread adapter on the end of that pipe. HOWEVER, that requires having the thread adapter an EXACT distance out from the finished wall, so the spout fits the wall properly. That's the beauty of the compression spouts. Cut the pipe off from 2" to 4" from the wall, and they will fit!!
Old 11-25-00, 09:50 AM
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I soldered a threaded adaptor on my 1/2" copper stub. The adaptor came with the new tub spout, manufactured by Delta. There was 3/4" of leeway (i.e., the adaptor could be anywhere from 1/4" to 1" from the wall and the spout would still fit.

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