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Old 09-24-2011, 09:17 AM   #1
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Hi,

I just moved into a new house recently and noticed that the bathtub faucet was slightly leaking when using the water.

It is actually leaking slowly from the top of the diverter. Strangely, it doesn't leak at all when I use the shower head.

I tried to unmount the faucet, but it didn't work (it was loose when I tried to unscrew it).

I don't have an access trap, so this would mean I would have to break some ceramic tiles to do the repair. I was wondering if this was a necessary repair or if I can just live with it.

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Old 09-24-2011, 03:56 PM   #2
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I tried to unmount the faucet, but it didn't work (it was loose when I tried to unscrew it).

I don't have an access trap, so this would mean I would have to break some ceramic tiles to do the repair. I was wondering if this was a necessary repair or if I can just live with it.

Thanks!
The deck mounted spout has probably been used by the previous owners to raise or lower themselves into the bath. As for the tub spout, I'm not certain that it'll be easily fixable, but the problem will only worsen with time.

If this were my tub I would definitely install an access panel. With an oscillating tool & proper blade, and a little planning, it'll be a worthwhile addition.

Is there an access panel for the jet motor?

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Old 09-24-2011, 05:49 PM   #3
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I believe that the spout does not unscrew---it simply lifts off a post.

Look for a set screw in the base.
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Old 09-25-2011, 10:04 AM   #4
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I think I'll try to install an access panel in the next couple of months. If the problem gets worse, I'll have to do it anyway. What dimensions should the access panel be? Also, do you think it is possible to put an access panel without damaging too much the ceramic tiles?
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