Getting an old stuck tub spout removed

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Old 07-16-11, 06:39 PM
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Getting an old stuck tub spout removed

I've got an old tub spout with a bad diverter that I'm trying to remove. Don't see a set screw so I'm assuming it's twist off. Tried hard with wrenches to remove but no luck. About to take an angle grinder with a cutoff wheel to it.

Before I do so, by chance has anyone seen this spout before and know if the threads are in the spout or towards the wall?

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Old 07-16-11, 06:52 PM
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I am not familiar with that spout but don't take an angle grinder or cut-off wheel to it. It will likely gum up the wheel. I would try a reciprocating saw.
 
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Hi.

Could be wrong but from the marks it looks like you are turning the wrong way. CCW twist off.

The threads are close to the wall on that spout I am pretty sure. I say that because the diverter lever is toward the back of the spout.

Are you using at least a 18" wrench? Thats the kind of leverage you may need to get the threads loose.


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Most of the marks are from previous owner. I made sure I was trying CCW.

You're right about threads being close to the wall. I should know thats close to the wall cause the diverter is towards the back. Even confirmed by sticking fingers into the spout to feel around for where the pipe mates with with spout. Don't know why I asked.

Using a 12". I'll see about trying with a larger wrench.

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Just thinking ahead to if I can't get it off with a larger wrench. Where would be the best place to cut? Cut front half of the spout off and see what can be done with the remaining? Cut around behind the diverter?

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Old 07-16-11, 09:27 PM
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I would use a diamond blade with a angle grinder and cut it in half. Then when you see whats in there cut it until you reach the nipple, or if its copper, the male adapter. Then I would probably cut it length wise to try to split it.


I used an 18" wrench with a 14" on the handle of the 18" to get a few to loosen. Once you break the threads and it starts turning it will spin easy. As long as you dont twist the copper. Hopefully its a brass nipple. It looks old enough and thats what the plumbers used to use. You never know though.

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Old 07-17-11, 06:23 AM
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I have seen diverter spouts with a small setscrew that you access through a small slot on the bottom right close to the wall.
Maybe it is partially hidden by the tile.

A warning is to be prepared if you up the wrench size and force it.
Have seen zealous diy where the 90 deg connector was twisted off!
 
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I have seen diverter spouts with a small setscrew that you access through a small slot on the bottom right close to the wall.
Maybe it is partially hidden by the tile.

A warning is to be prepared if you up the wrench size and force it.
Have seen zealous diy where the 90 deg connector was twisted off!
I've already done that once while working with my dad years back. That's why I had been weary of forcing it.
 
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Thanks everyone. Upping the wrench size did it. Actually I kept the same wrench size but slid another 24" of piping into the wrench handle. So a combination of extra leverage and another night of WD40 soaking did the trick.
 
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Nipple????

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Nipple????

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Nope. Male adapter. At the wall as we had theorized.

I had to chip away at the tile a little to get the new spout to start threading.
 
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I have a similar situation with a spout that looks just like the one in the photo. I tried to remove it with channel locks but gave up with little effort because the leak is not that bad. I have a larger pipe wrench. If I try again, would it help to heat the base of the spout with my heat gun. I can't imagine it harming the spout or the tile.
 
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