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Old 01-18-2018, 05:20 PM   #1
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Tub spout not flush against surround wall...


This faucet spout is screwed onto the end of copper tubing that evidently is a bit too long. What is the easiest way to shorten the copper plumbing to allow the spout to be flush to the tub surround?

I do not want to remove the surround. Any other options to fix this?

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Old 01-18-2018, 05:25 PM   #2
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I don't think that the end of the copper pipe is threaded. There could be a set screw underneath. Then cut the pipe.
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Copper pipe can not be threaded.

You either have a threaded fitting soldered onto a copper pipe --- if this is the case, first measure how much gap you have, remove spout, unsolder fitting, cut pipe by measured amount, re-solder fitting. After you remove the spout, measure overall length from tub to end of thread. Double check after resoldering that it is shorter by exactly the measured amount.

Or, you have a slip on spout, which is hold onto the copper pipe with a set screw from underneath --- if this is the case, remove spout, cut half inch off pipe, re-install spout. Of course, if you find the set screw, first loosen it and see if you can push the spout closer to the tub, stranger things have happened.
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They come in different length, if that doesn't work solder a copper pipe in the fitting that fits in the wall and change the spout to one that just has a set screw and fits 1/2" copper pipe.
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I can tell you how I do it, but unless your willing to buy a 1/2" NPT die, not likely to help.

I buy the shortest brass nipple that is long enough. They come in one inch increments. Assemble nipple and spot into place. Measure the gap, un-assemble, then cut the threads back the same distance with a die. I use a die set with holder and extended handles, but brass is soft and a simple die nut will work.
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I can tell you how I do it, but unless your willing to buy a 1/2" NPT die, not likely to help.

I buy the shortest brass nipple that is long enough. They come in one inch increments. Assemble nipple and spot into place. Measure the gap, un-assemble, then cut the threads back the same distance with a die. I use a die set with holder and extended handles, but brass is soft and a simple die nut will work.
So he could maybe get away with just cutting the one he has if he cleans up the threads after.
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Depends on whats in there now. Looks like it will take 3 turns on the die. If he has a copper assy, that might be asking too much. Probably better to cut it, add a coupling and re-solder
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Old 01-18-2018, 09:49 PM   #8
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Whew, soldering with a torch that close to an acrylic wall surround could get tricky for a DIY'er.

I wonder if this would work for the OP a 5/8 in. O.D. compression coupling ? I would try one on my tub spout's pipe to shorten it before I would a flame solder or attempting to use a threader.. JMO though.
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Need to remove the spout to figure out what was used to connect it and how it was done.
There's at least three different ways it could have been done.
#1, A solid pipe nipple most likely galv, steel which at some point will be an issue.
#2, Two copper adapters and a piece of copper pipe.
#3, An adapter and a piece of copper tubing with a slipped on spout.
Need to figure out how it was done first.
There's 0 need to solder anything close to the enclosure!
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Thanks guys...I will play with it more later today and determine exactly what I have.
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or you could consider an escutcheon:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/American...020A/203670902

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Danco-Chrom...tcheon/3515018

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No set screws or anything that I see...

I have been unable to unscrew the spout...I am scared of breaking something loose inside the wall if I force it.
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No set screws or anything that I see...

I have been unable to unscrew the spout...I am scared of breaking something loose inside the wall if I force it.
Fee under it close the tub for a hole it might be a set screw that takes an allan wrench. Then you undo the screw just a little and pull it off.
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Since there is a gap now at tub wall
How ridged is spout or does it flex up/down & side to side
if it moves easily it might be on CPVC stub ???
(which is not good but fixed lots of them were done that way)

what is directly behind the other side of tub wall ?
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It is pretty rigid, I can move it side to side very little.

On the other side of that wall is a counter and a very small cabinet.
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