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 Tub spout: slip fit?
Author: Anonymous User

I've located the type of tub spout I want,
but don't know the following things. Can
someone help?

1. What is a "slip fit" connection, as opposed
to the standard connection?
2. How do I know if this tub spout I want to
purchase will fit in place of my current one?
Is the pipe fitting behind the wall a standard
3. This may seem silly, but how do I remove the
old tub spout and put the new one in? Is this
something I can do myself? Do I need the 20
pound sledge? :) Got one. :))

Explanation: I am switching to a top diverter
tub spout so I can add a flexible hose shower.

Any tips would be appreciated. I don't know
much about plumbing yet, but as a new homeowner
I'd like to learn.

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 Re: Tub spout: slip fit?
Author: HytechPlumber (LA)

Most tub spouts unscrew counter clockwise. Care must be taken so as not to damage the pipe but sometimes is unavoidable. There are different pipes used but all use the same or similar spouts. 1) The most common spout I see calls for the pipe thread to be approx. 3 - 4" off of the finished wall. 2) The next common type I see calls for the pipe thresd to approx. 1/2" off the wall. This type is often harder to fit (especially for the DIY'r) I usually use the sweat rings that slide over 1/2" copper pipe for the situation. 3) The slide on type has an "O" ring designed to go on to 1/2" copper pipe. This type allows for pre fabs for hotels to be pre cut and quicker to install. There is usually a set screw that holds the spout on once it is pushed on all the way. The set screw holds the spout in place but the "O" ring actually holds the water seal. GOOD LUCK

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 Re: Tub spout: slip fit?
Author: westchester plumber

If the new bathtub spout doesn't screw on in the same exact fashion as the existing spout, you most likely do not have the correct tools and materials to convert the stub out piping to accommodate your new spout.
You should call a licensed plumber to install it properly.
Good Luck. *westchester plumber*

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 Re: Tub spout: slip fit?
Author: jjbex (IL)

Slip fit is when there is a 1/2" copper pipe nipple protruding thru the tile or surround and the spout slips over the pipe and is tightened with an allen wrench. Standard fit is threaded for either 1/2" or 3/4" pipe nipples and is screwed on or off. The average homeowner can't change from one to the other. You need to remove your existing spout, either by unscrewing it, sometimes it takes a pipe wrench, or using an allen wrench. Find one a compatible spout with the features you want and install it, then caulk it. Don't use a 20 pound sledge. The plumber you have to call to fix things will probably hit you with a stiff bill.

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 Re: Thanks to everyone
Author: Anonymous User

Thanks to everyone who replied to my query.
This is all valuable information, and it has
really helped me!

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