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wallix 10-12-2008 02:24 PM

Bathtub Spout Leaks Behind Spout (pics)
 
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Hello! I am in the process of trying to (learn to) fix some odds and ends around the house on my own. I had a leaking shower head that I was able to fix on my own, but this issue I am not so sure about.

Whenever I pull the the stopper on the bathtub spout to activate the shower, water starts coming out behind the spout (The shower still works, though). The stopper itself seems to work fine, though, as no water comes out of the spout at all in the front when activated. It's only where the back of the spout meets the wall. As you can see in the pics, the caulk is dried and cracking off. I see that there is no set screw, so I assume that this spout unscrews.

Is it a matter of just taking the spout off, cleaning off the old caulk and resealing where it meets the wall? Or is there more to it? For some reason, I feel like if I seal it off that pressure will build up in the spout itself and it will leak through the wall.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

*Edit* I also wanted to add that the water definitely comes from the front of the spout-side and then trickles out the back. The water isn't coming from the wall-side.

inspectorD 10-12-2008 05:32 PM

Uh-oh
 
Something broke behind the spout is what happened. Try to twist it out , it will unscrew...lefty loosy...righty tighty.
The problem is it has become loose at the threads, or it has cracked.
Don't use it till you fix it.:)

Is there somewhere to make an access from the back to see it better?

wallix 10-12-2008 05:38 PM

Do you think the whole spout is shot then? Like I said, the shower works fine when I pull the stop.

glennjanie 10-12-2008 09:29 PM

Welcome Wallix:
No, the spout is not necessarily shot. However, there should not be any water in the larger part of the spout behind the point where the shower diverter is lifted. InspectorD is correct.
If you take the spout off, you will see a 1/2" pipe sticking out of the wall. You need to check that pipe for possible cracks, turn the water on gently, put your hand over the end of the pipe (which diverts the water to the shower head) and see if any water leaks out of the pipe, put new teflon tape on the fitting at the end and reinstall the spout.
Glenn

wallix 10-12-2008 09:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by glennjanie (Post 24355)
Welcome Wallix:
No, the spout is not necessarily shot. However, there should not be any water in the larger part of the spout behind the point where the shower diverter is lifted. InspectorD is correct.
If you take the spout off, you will see a 1/2" pipe sticking out of the wall. You need to check that pipe for possible cracks, turn the water on gently, put your hand over the end of the pipe (which diverts the water to the shower head) and see if any water leaks out of the pipe, put new teflon tape on the fitting at the end and reinstall the spout.
Glenn

Thanks. I will give it a shot tomorrow night.

majakdragon 10-13-2008 11:43 AM

I am guessing that when you remove the spout, you will find that the female threads that screw onto the water pipe will be cracked. Many low end spouts are made of pot metal. These are easily cracked if any pressure (such as someone using it as a handle to stand up) is put on the end. When used for the tub, there is no back pressure on the water so it flows fine with no leaks. When the diverter is closed for showering, water is forced a different direction (back towards the wall) and the threads leak. Be sure to let us know what you find.

wallix 10-13-2008 09:03 PM

Well, it didn't go as planned. I went out and bought a, "Universal" spout...but it wasn't very universal. The pipe that comes out of my wall has this collar-looking bulge around it with a rubber-ring that prevented the spout from going on.

What should I be looking for to replace the spout because obviously it's not universal. I didn't know there was a rubber ring on there, too. Could that be the problem?

*Edit* Has anyone seen that style of pipe before?

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...ub-Spout-5.jpg

Square Eye 10-14-2008 12:17 AM

That adapter works with a specific brand of tub spout. It should unscrew just like the spout did, Then you can get the correct length pipe in there to hold the new spout in the correct position

wallix 10-14-2008 12:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Square Eye (Post 24420)
That adapter works with a specific brand of tub spout. It should unscrew just like the spout did, Then you can get the correct length pipe in there to hold the new spout in the correct position

I tried turning it and it's not going anywhere. It appears to be welded on or something. The spout itself says, "Masco 32192" on the bottom. Unfortunately, Google isn't helping me this time in terms of finding a replacement spout.

majakdragon 10-14-2008 07:41 AM

Nothing like I have ever seen before. Click on the link below for a list of phone numbers and e-mail addresses for this company. Hope it helps.

http://www.masco.com/contacts/index.html


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