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Old 01-03-2010, 09:01 PM   #1
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Spout Extender?


So I did something stupid.

I installed a new fiberglass tub and shower surround. Everything was going fine until I tried to attach the spout to the wall, when I realized the inch and a half of the fiberglass surround now makes the threads inaccessible. I'm attaching a picture of mine and a picture of the type of valve I have. I DESPERATELY hope there is some sort of extender or adapter to make this work. Please salvage my project!!

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Old 01-04-2010, 03:03 AM   #2
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The pipe and collar appear to be galvanized, so it should all unscrew out counterclockwise.
Remove the galvanized pieces that screw into the wall fitting and replace it with a copper pipe with a soldered male threaded fitting on the end. Wrap 2-3 wraps of teflon tape clockwise only on the threads as the threaded end faces you and tighten it into the wall fitting.
Then slide a new spout on the pipe that is sealed with an o-ring on the pipe and is kept in place by a set-screw from underneath.
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How do I solder behind the fiberglass?
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Solder the 1/2" copper male threaded fitting onto the end of the 1/2" copper pipe, wrap the teflon tape on the threads, and then screw it tightly into tub faucet fitting inside the wall.
The pipe will extend out the right length if you measured it properly.
You can either solder another male fitting onto the outer end before installing, or you can use the type spout that I suggested. Either one will work fine.
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Can we do this in two steps? First off, how do I remove what is there? The part with the O-ring (which is supposed to be inside of the spout) measures 1 1/8 inch in diameter. This is attached to the part that connects to the mixing valve. I think it is soldered in to the mixing valve, and I don't have access to that now because of the fiberglass. How can I remove this part, or can I?

Mike, I really appreciate your working with me. Maybe it is the unseasonably cold weather in Alabama...but I'm slow on the uptake!
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