Fixing plumbing issues around the house often requires dismantling pretty much everything, including the fixtures at the bathroom. While most of them may come off easily, there’s one that easily gets stuck and becomes frustrating, and that’s the tub spout.
Dealing with a stuck tub spout could be infuriating for most people, as it is a fixture that seems impossible to remove regardless of what we try. If you’re going through that issue, we’re here to offer a couple of solutions that may be what you need to get the tub spout removed once and for all.
For the next steps, you’ll need several tools like a wrench pipe, towels, and a couple more we’ll be mentioning as we advance through the steps.
Step One: Checking the Faucet
The very first step you’ll do is to check the bottom part of your faucet. What you’re looking for is whether or not there’s a small hole at the end. If there’s one, then there’s also a retaining screw that keeps it attached to the water pipe.
Step Two: Preparing the Working Area
Before we continue any further, we have to secure the working area to avoid making a mess. Grab a towel, and use it to cover the drain. This preventive measure won’t only keep leaks at bay, but it will also keep unpleasant odors from impregnating the air.
Other than covering the drains, you should shut off the water supply. You can do that by turning the control valve. Once secured, you can start working on the tub spout removal without having to worry about anything else getting in the way.
Step Three: Pulling the Tub Spout Out
After shutting off the water supply line, grab your Allen wrench, and start working on the retaining screw. The way you have to do it is by turning the screw clockwise. Continue doing it until the faucet starts to come loose.
However, in case the tap doesn’t want to come loose, proceed to twist it sideways, and put more pressure as you continue pulling over it. Make sure to apply enough force to get the tap out, but not too much that it could end up with permanent damage on the surface.
After trying those methods, there are still chances that the faucet won’t come off either. If that’s the case, then you can try the next method. It may sound a little bit unorthodox, but it could save you from the frustrating issue that is having a stubborn tub spout seemingly impossible to remove.
Using the Hairdryer to Remove a Stuck Tub Spout
Get the hairdryer, and turn it on to heat the tap, which would make it expand as the temperature increases. Considering that you’re working with electricity, you want to be as cautious as possible. Put on some gloves too; they will protect you from getting burnt by the hot faucet.
Wait until the temperature decreases to a comfortable point and then proceed to pull the tap once again. When necessary, use the tools we tried earlier. If the method worked out for you, grab the tap and remove the tub spout away from the plumbing carefully to a secured location for storing.
There’s no Retaining Screw in the Faucet, What Should I Do?
If you can’t find the retaining screw, don’t panic just yet. There’s still another method you could try, and it involves using a clean towel and a pipe wrench.
First, start by wrapping the clean towel around the faucet. It will work as protection to what comes next, which is clamping the pipe wrench on the faucet.
Once secured and with a firm grip, proceed to turn the wrench and the faucet in a direction counterclockwise. This process should detach the fixture from the water pipe.
The Tub Spout Type
Before going wild over the tub spout applying as much pressure as we can, it would be best if we have a better understanding of how these attachments work. We can tell the tub spout type by looking at their installation method, which can be either slip-on spout or screw-on spout.
If the spout slides over the tub’s pipe at a 1/2-inch distance across the copper pipe, then it is a slip-on spout. This attachment also use screws at the bottom side.
Knowing the difference between the two could be difficult, but it is quite easy to understand once you take a closer look at it. If you notice screws at the backside, it is a slip-on spout. However, if there are no screws connecting the spout, then it is one of the screw-on spouts types.
It may sound confusing, but knowing what type of tub spout you have is essential to follow through with the removing process.
Of course, there are many more types of tub spouts out there, but the two described above are the most common. Check with the manufacturer to clear any doubt you may have about how each one works, and what it would take to remove them as long as they don’t get stuck.
Even though it may be tempting to give up, you should continue trying new methods to remove that stuck tub spout successfully. In our article, we covered a list of steps that you can follow to get the job done and moving on with the plumbing projects you want to finish.
With the right tools, removing a stuck tub spout is a task that everyone should be able to do. If it becomes too much for you to handle, consider getting help from a professional, as they may be able to provide information that could’ve escaped our attention.
After all, there are many tub spouts types out there, which means that each one may work differently. The removing process we follow may or may not work out for you, and that’s why consulting the manufacturer, or a third party, would be a wise idea.