How to Remove a Tub Spout

tub spout
  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 25-50
What You'll Need
Pipe wrench
Allen wrench
Teflon tape
Duct tape

Sometimes the idea of doing home repairs or upgrades, such as removing a tub spout, can be a bit intimidating. However, it is a fairly easy job. Maybe you are remodeling the bathroom and would like to install a new spout in your tub, or maybe you just want to upgrade to one with a built in hand held shower attachment. Whatever your reason, removing a tub spout is a fairly easy task to accomplish, and you do not need to call the plumber to complete the job.

Step 1 - Determine the Type of Spout

There are several types of tub spouts, so the first thing you will need to do is to determine the type of spout that you need to remove. Examine your old spout. If there is a little screw on the underside of the base, then it is what is commonly referred to as a “slip-fit” spout. If you do not see the little screw, then you have a “screw-on” spout.

Step 2 - Remove the Slip-Fit Spout

If the old spout is a “slip-fit,” it is easily removed by loosening the set screw at the base. To locate the screw, look at the underside of the spout closest to the wall. You will see a small Allen bolt. Using your Allen wrench, loosen the screw by turning it counterclockwise. Once it is loose, the spout will slide off.

Step 3 - Remove the Screw-On Spout

The screw-on spout is the most common type of spout found on old tubs. It is fairly easy and straightforward to remove this type of spout. There are several ways to remove it. The most common way to remove the spout is to inset a large screwdriver into the spout. Hold the screwdriver in 1 hand and the spout in the other hand. Twist the spout in a counterclockwise direction. Once it has loosened, keep unscrewing until it has been completely removed. You can also use a pair of slip-joint pliers in the same manner. Simply insert the handles of the pliers into the spout and turn it counterclockwise.

The other way to remove a screw-on spout is with a pipe wrench. If you want to save the spout, wrap a few layers of duct tape around it to protect it from becoming damaged by the pipe wrench. Hold the pipe wrench in 1 hand and the tub spout in the other hand. Twist the spout firmly in a counterclockwise direction to loosen it up. Once it is loosened, continue to turn it until it has been removed completely. The trick is finding a tool and inserting it into the tub spout or getting a good hold of the spout to help you gain some leverage to loosen the spout. Once you have loosened it, it will unscrew easily, and then you can remove it.