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wallix 10-12-2008 09:26 PM

Bathtub Spout Leaks Behind Spout (pics)
 
Hello! I am in the process of trying to (learn to) fix some odds and ends around the house on my own.

Whenever I pull the the stopper on the bathtub spout to activate the shower, water starts coming out behind the spout (The shower still works, though). The stopper itself seems to work fine, though, as no water comes out of the spout at all in the front when activated. It's only where the back of the spout meets the wall. As you can see in the pics, the caulk is dried and cracking off. I see that there is no set screw, so I assume that this spout unscrews.

Is it a matter of just taking the spout off, cleaning off the old caulk and resealing where it meets the wall? Or is there more to it? Something is not sealing right whenever the stopper is pulled.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

*Edit* I also wanted to add that the water definitely comes from the front of the spout-side and then trickles out the back. The water isn't coming from the wall-side.

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...ub-Spout01.jpg

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...b-Spout-02.jpg

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...b-Spout-03.jpg

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Termite 10-12-2008 09:36 PM

It sounds like the diverter (spout) is bad or the connection is bad. They're easily replaced. Caulk won't help you.

Simply unscrew the old one counterclockwise. Buy a new one and screw it in. Caulk the top and sides and leave a small gap at the bottom in case water gets back there.

wallix 10-12-2008 10:33 PM

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Originally Posted by thekctermite (Post 171551)
It sounds like the diverter (spout) is bad or the connection is bad. They're easily replaced. Caulk won't help you.

Simply unscrew the old one counterclockwise. Buy a new one and screw it in. Caulk the top and sides and leave a small gap at the bottom in case water gets back there.

Thanks for your help. That's what I thought it was but I wanted another opinion. Should I use teflon tape on the threads, or will that not really make any difference?

TazinCR 10-13-2008 05:47 AM

use teflon tape and stick the handle of your pliers in spout of new diverter to tighten it so you don't scratch the finish.

wallix 10-13-2008 10:05 PM

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Well, it didn't go as planned. I went out and bought a, "Universal" spout...but it wasn't very universal. The pipe that comes out of my wall has this collar-looking bulge around it with a rubber-ring that prevented the spout from going on.

What should I be looking for to replace the spout because obviously it's not universal. I didn't know there was a rubber ring on there, too. Could that be the problem?

Termite 10-13-2008 10:21 PM

That you bought will work about 98% of the time...But it isn't quite universal!

That's somebody's proprietary somthing-er-rather. Perhaps one of our resident plumbers will recognize it...

My suggestion would be to take that picture to a plumbing supply house (not a box store) to get a repair kit or replacement parts. Seeing how it is configured, I'd be willing to bet that the leak is due to a failed o-ring and not the diverter spout itself.

wallix 10-13-2008 10:51 PM

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Originally Posted by thekctermite (Post 171991)
That you bought will work about 98% of the time...But it isn't quite universal!

That's somebody's proprietary somthing-er-rather. Perhaps one of our resident plumbers will recognize it...

My suggestion would be to take that picture to a plumbing supply house (not a box store) to get a repair kit or replacement parts. Seeing how it is configured, I'd be willing to bet that the leak is due to a failed o-ring and not the diverter spout itself.

I'm starting to re-think the way this whole system works. I'm not sure how proprietary it is because the current spout looks like it was made for it (Some brand called Masco). I also noticed that the threads on the current spout appear not to be damaged. I'm beginning to eyeball that rubber ring now as that seems to be the only true seal.

*edit* Has anyone seen this type of pipe before?

wallix 10-14-2008 03:41 PM

My wife (Of all people) suggested capping off the tub-spout pipe and putting the old spout on just for looks. I am totally fine with this. How hard is it to cap off a copper pipe like that?


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