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Old 02-08-2017, 07:10 PM   #1
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Trouble Removing Tub Spout - Part II (w/pics)


I am creating a second post about this so I can share pictures about what is going on.

To recap . . .

Our tub spout has separated from the wall and we want to replace it.

The problem is, it is firmly attached to a copper pipe which just spins in the elbow it is attached to and does not move in or out.

The question "Was a Sharkbite used?" has been asked. I do not believe so, but take a look at the pic and let me know.

In this pic the water flows from the top down through the elbow and then down into the thinner pipe. This thinner pipe spins freely inside the elbow and does not tighten or pull out. We just tested it for leaks and it does not leak.

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Yep. Looks like a sharkbite elbow was used. Takes a special tool to remove it. Available at any big box store.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/SharkBite...710A/100638139
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Okay, good to know thanks. I guess explains why it is loosely spinning and not leaking.

The focus now is how to remove the spout from the copper pipe. This pic shows the view where the release should be, but I do not see anything to unscrew.

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Looks like there may be a white plastic retainer/locking clip attaching it to the copper pipe. Try removing that. If no good luck, remove the sharkbite elbow. I don't recommend it, but they can be reused.
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Sharkbites hold the water pressure, but are not rigid to hold the pipes from spinning.
The Sharkbit elbow fitting is the reason that your tub divirter has been loose and finally wore thru the fiber glass.

Just a suggestion, use a anchored drop ear that you can thread a nipple into, or sweat copper.
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I agree that the elbow looks like a Sharkbite. If it indeed is a Sharkbite, you should be able to remove spout pipe from the elbow with a Sharkbite removal tool.
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