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Old 07-08-2009, 05:07 PM   #1
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I have a problem with a bath spout that I'm hoping someone can help with.

The spout has a notch at the base against the wall, but I don't see anything resembling a locking screw to undo.

The spout turns fairly freely, but after 10 minutes of turning anti-clockwise, it still doesn't come loose.

When I turn the spout, I can see a copper pipe and fitting with letters on it, and as the spout turns, so do the letters on the pipe, but they turn at a slower rate than the spout. I have placed a finger in the notch in the spout and felt all around the pipe, but can't feel any locking screw.

The mixer above the spout is a Moen, but there is nothing on the spout to indicate a make or model.

Has anyone seen anything like this?

Thanks,

Martin

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Some spouts are slip-fit
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Hi Bob,

My understanding was that the slip fit type has a locking screw on the pipe, but I don't see a locking screw anywhere as I rotate the spout around the pipe. Is it normal for the spout to rotate around the pipe like this for a slip-fit type?

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Try This
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The locking screw is usually an allen head. Not sure why the pipe would be turning with the spout though. Most are soldered into a tee behind the wall. If the pipe is turning, it tells me that it has a threaded adaper on the end of the pipe inside the wall. Besides the set screw, there are "O" rings that seal the spout to the pipe. Try pulling outward as you turn the spout.
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Majak has the best suggestion. If it still will not budge, then a pry bar and pulling and turning at the same time may help it along.

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The spout may have had a screw thread attachment to the pipe within but that may have been rusted on so fast that you broke a solder joint inside the wall where the pipe inside the spout fits into the tee or elbow.

You might see if twisting the spout back and forth while adding outward pull (may take several dozen twists) deforms the solder remaining in the joint enough to let the parts separate and pull straight out.

Or maybe if replacing the spout is the subject of the project, then just destroy the spout using a reciprocating saw, cut it into pieces little by little, suggest starting by slicing off about two inches from the outer end.

A notch under the spout where it meets the wall is meant to let out water that got around and inside. It's actually a good idea to cut such a notch (about 3/8 inch square if there was no notch already there.

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