Bathtub Faucet Spout Replaced

Yesterday we showed how easy, surprisingly easy, to remove the spout for our bathtub which had the diverter jammed.

Today, we finish the job and attempt to install the replacement spout.

I returned from one of the several plumbing supply stores in our area with the replacement. It was very similar in design to the one which lasted less than 3 years. Can you tell which one is the replacement spout? It is the one on the left in the picture below. You can see how the screw inside the spout is actually centered over the small underside hole.

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As I had to get back to work (yes, I did all this during my lunch hour, including going out to purchase the replacement spout), I quickly but cautiously pushed the replacement spout onto the water pipe coming out from the wall and it fit like a glove. I then used the Allen key which came with the replacement spout to turn that underside screw so it was very snug (but not overly tight) and the spout was in place.

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Now, for the test drive. Would there be any water leaks? Remember, it is me who is doing this. And, would the diverter in this replacement spout work so we could start to use the hand held shower?

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Water turned on and, yea, no water leaks! icon smile Bathtub Faucet Spout Replaced

I then pulled up on the knob on top of the spout and it came up smoothly with the water being diverted and now coming out of the hand held shower head.

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Yea! Oh Happy Days! icon smile Bathtub Faucet Spout Replaced

One of those rare, for me, home maintenance projects which actually worked the first time.

So, now you also know how easy it is to replace the spout if you need to for your own bathtub.

Oh, and what was the maintenance tip I received to prevent the excess calcium build-up which caused our diverter to become jammed in the original spout after less than 3 years of use? Simply place the tip of the spout to soak in a small bowl of CRL every 6 months or so. Sounds so simple, doesn’t it.

Who knew?

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