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I've got a diverter which is pretty much shot. About 30% of the water still escapes through the spout even when I pull up the stopper. The water pressure is pretty bad in that bath to begin with so the extra 30% makes showers pretty unsatisfying. So, I thought that I would just replace the spout but even after having watched a couple of youtube videos and searched some threads here, I still can't figure out how to get the spout off.

There is no hex screw holding it on anywhere that I can find and even after applying a fair amount of pressure I can't get it to twist. Is there some third option possibly or should I just use a big srewdriver for leverage and really have at it. I'm just afraid that if I apply too much pressure and it's not a twist off, then I'm going to do real damage to something. Obviously, I don't know what I'm doing :)

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Look again on the bottom side right near the wall to see if you see if there's a small hole or a notch. If so there's a tiny allen head set screw way up inside it.
 

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Look again on the bottom side right near the wall to see if you see if there's a small hole or a notch. If so there's a tiny allen head set screw way up inside it.
The only notch is directly on the bottom on the wall end. I assume that it's there to drain any water which might get caught in the spout. Anyway, there is no hex screw to be found. Using a mirror and flashlight, the only thing I can see through the notch is the copper pipe with some beautiful green mold growing on it. It almost seems like the diverter assembly itself (which is right at the head) might be what's holding it on. I dunno, maybe I should just get some channel locks and give it a good twist. But it really doesn't feel like that's the case.
 

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There is no hex screw holding it on anywhere that I can find and even after applying a fair amount of pressure I can't get it to twist. Is there some third option possibly or should I just use a big srewdriver for leverage and really have at it.

Thanks.
I had a similar problem with mine - also no set screw and the spout itself was corroded. Whoever put the spout on in the first place cemented it in so my only option was to cut off the spout and install a new one. Just make sure your plumbing is legit before you re-sheetrock; otherwise, you'll have to start over. Changing the piping isn't all that difficult if you know what you are doing. Good luck!
 

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if it doesn't have a setscrew then it probably has a copper to male adapter that the spout screws onto. the handle of a 10 inch adjustable used to fit right in the end of a tub spout for unscrewing the tight ones. if you don't care about the spout just grab the end and give it a twist counterclockwise. when doing this it is possible that the copper might twist instead which would be bad. i never had to worry about that cause i was usually changing the tub valve. you could try heating the spout with a torch about an inch or so from the end and then grab it with the channel locks to unscrew it.
 

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I've had to resort to cutting up the spout to get to the cause of the problem------on of two things is going on---

Either it's a thread on and the threads are stuck---or it's a push on and the retaining ring with the set screw has spun and you can't see it--

Do you have a dremmel tool of a small grinder you could slit the spout with,without hitting the pipe?
 
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