If you feel that your tub spout is old and outdated, consider replacing it with new, more updated spout. Replacing the spout is not overly difficult to do. The guide below walks you through the process of replacing your old tub spout with a newer, more stylish spout.
Remove the Old Spout
The first thing you must do is remove the old tub spout. Look under the spout for a small screw that is holding it in place. The screw will be very tiny and you will more than likely need to use a hex wrench to remove it. Once the screw is out of the spout, you should be able to use a pair of pliers to turn the spout counterclockwise to release it from the pipe that it is threaded onto. Once the spout is unscrewed, you should be able to easily pull it away from the wall.
Clean the Water Supply Pipe
After the spout has been removed, you will see a small pipe sticking out of the wall. This is the pipe that water feeds through to supply you with the water you need when taking a bath. You first need to clean the threads of the pipe carefully with a small brush, such as a toothbrush. Be sure to remove any dirt or grime that may have built up on the pipe over the years. Wrap pipe-thread tape around the threads of the pipe a few times. When applying the tape, be sure that you are applying it in a clockwise motion to ensure that it will not come unraveled when you screw the new spout onto the pipe.
Attach the New Spout
You now need to slip the new spout onto the pipe. You should be able to screw it onto the pipe by turning it clockwise by hand. If you feel that you are not able to tighten the spout as much as you would like, you can lay a washcloth over the spout and then use a pair of pliers to turn it the rest of the way. The washcloth keeps the pliers from scratching the surface of the spout. Once finished, Screw the small screw into the bottom of the spout to ensure that it cannot be turned.
Once you have finished attaching the new spout, run a bead of caulk around the edge of the spout where it touches the wall. This will ensure that water does not get behind the spout and damage the wall. For more information or assistance, contact companies like Towers-Murray Plumbing Co Inc.