How To Remove An Old Tub Spout That Is Stuck?

As they say, nothing lasts forever. Including the tub spout that's in your bathroom. And it can be quite a problem when your old and worn out tub spout gets stuck and letting water flow through it becomes impossible.

Since showering is an essential procedure to maintain your hygiene, you can't delay fixing that old and stuck tub spout. Everyone's bathtub spout might face corrosion and leak at one point of its lifetime.

And when you are faced with this problem, you have two choices. You have to either repair it or replace it with a new one. And how are you going to do that? Well, don't worry, as this article will guide you through the process.

First of all, there are several reasons as to why your old tub spout maybe stuck. Let’s have a look at the most common one.

Problem 

Your bathtub spout is corroded, and you want to replace it. But when you try to do that, it gets stuck and won’t unscrew. Even when you are applying force, it doesn't bulge.

It is commonplace to be scared to apply too much force as the inner copper tubing might get damaged. The probable reason behind this might be calcification. What will you do to safely remove it?

Solution

First and foremost, you need to look at how the tub spout is attached to the wall. There are several ways in which it could be fixed to the wall. One of such ways which is easy to miss is a hex screw fastener on the underside of the spout.

So, carefully check below the tub spout and look for any hex screw fasteners. Once you find it, quickly unscrew it with a twisting or rotating motion.

Another way in which the spout could be fixed to the wall is by the process of threading. A copper male adapter could attach the spout with a thread that won't be very difficult to untie and loosen.

If such is the case, too much caution is not needed. All you need to do is to cut off the thread connecting the spout with the copper adapter. You can do that with a 10-inch pipe wrench. By rotating this wrench counterclockwise, and by slowly applying necessary force and pressure, you can cut off the thread.

In case this method is unsuccessful, you can fetch a hacksaw and get rid of the thread with it. First, you need to place the hacksaw just behind the opening of the tub spout. Then by carefully moving it diagonally over the thread, you can saw it off.

You will have to be careful so that the saw does not cut the main copper male adapter. Once you have cut off the thread, you are good to go. Then you can twist the tub spout and remove it from the wall.

Alternate Solution

As this plumbing problem is widespread, there are several ways to solve it. The second solution you can try will require you a few additional instruments compared to the first one but is as helpful if not more.

There are some materials that you will have to collect. These are a towel, flashlight, hand towel, Allen wrench, hair dryer, pipe wrench and a pair of gloves.

Step 1

The initial step is to hold the tub spout and look at its underside to see if there is any small hole in it. Once you find the hole, check if you can find a retaining screw which connects the faucet to the main supply of water.

Step 2

While you are doing this job, there might be an unwanted odor coming out from the old tub spout. To prevent it from spreading through the drain of the tub, you can place a towel over the drain.

Step 3

An important step to prevent getting yourself drenched is to turn off the main supply of water. This will not only save water but will also keep your tub from getting slippery and causing accidents.

 

Step 4 

In the next step, you will need the Allen wrench. The task that this wrench is going to perform is the unhooking of the retaining screw. Move the wrench anticlockwise and slowly loosen the screw.

Once it loosens fully, you can remove the tub spout from the wall. Despite unscrewing, if the pipe remains stuck, try to apply a little force and move it sidewise to detach it.

If your tub spout is missing the retaining screw and is attached to the main source of water without it, you will need to put a clean towel on the tub spout and position your pipe wrench on it.

Next, you will have to move both the wrench and the tub spout simultaneously anticlockwise and slowly detach it. When it seems loose enough, pull it, and it will come off.

In case the tub spout does not come off, you can use your hair dryer to provide some heat and dry out the moisture that is making it stuck. While doing so, make sure to wear rubber gloves as the heat might come in contact with your hands and injure you.

Step 5

Finally, once you are done removing it, you can choose to either repair it or replace it.

If you want to save some money, you can repair your old tub spout with the help of vinegar. It mostly gets stuck due to calcification, and one efficient way that removes the calcification is vinegar.

To do that, soak a paper towel in vinegar, and wrap it around the tub spout. Then take some vinegar in a jar or container and dunk the wrapped spout in it facedown. Then leave it submerged there for some time.

Check from time to time to see if the calcification is slowly fading away. Once it does, remove the spout from the vinegar, and you will know that it will be as good as new.

Lastly, if you don’t want to go through so much hassle, you can just replace it.

Conclusion

So next time you get a tub spout stuck, you can quickly refer to this article and follow the step-by-step process to remove it. Hopefully, this article will be helpful and successfully guide you in doing the plumbing work at your home by yourself.

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