How to Remove a Tub Spout

During shower, if the water flows out form the spout besides the shower, the diverter is faulty. Diverter stops water from flowing out through the spout and in case it is faulty, you need to replace it with a new one. After removing the spout, take it to your local hardware store in order to get a similar one. This is because spouts come in different types. Thus in order to find a spout of same type, you need to take the old one with you in the hardware store.

Things Required:

– Sheet or Towels
– Flashlight
– Phillips screwdriver
– Hex Wrench
– Masking tape
– Pipe wrench


  • 1

    Stopper in downward position

    First of all you need to put the stopper of your bathtub in the downward position. This is to guard small screws from falling into the drain.

  • 2

    Protecting the finish of the tub

    In order to protect your tub from scratches, you can lay a sheet or few towels inside the tub.

  • 3

    Identify the type of head of bathtub spout

    After taking precautions, you need to get in the tub and then look under the bathtub spout with help of flashlight. Seek an open slot where the spout is screwed to the plumbing pipes. After finding the set screw, you need to examine the head in order to find out which type of screw is used. It can be either Philips headed or hex headed.

  • 4

    Pull the bathtub spout away from the wall

    Next you need to remove the bathtub spout form the wall. You can do this by turning the screws counter-clockwise. You will be required to use either a Phillips screwdriver or a hex wrench in order to turn the screws. For removing, turning clockwise for only two or three times will loosen the spout.

  • 5

    Apply masking tape

    Bathtub spouts which do not have any set screws are threaded on house plumbing pipe. You need to attach the masking tape near the diverter stem in order to protect the bathtub finish.

  • 6

    Use a pipe wrench to unscrew the bathtub spout

    First adjust the jaws of a pipe wrench on the bathtub spout and masking tape. Then use the wrench to turn bathtub spout counter-clockwise. When the spout is loosened, you can use your hand to remove the bathtub spout. Continue unscrewing the spout until you remove it from the plumbing pipe.

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