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Doan 05-30-2011 04:00 PM

Large Flathead Screw on Bottom of Tub Faucet?

I'm considering replacing my shower/tub faucet. I was trying to remove it and saw this. I attempted using a flathead screwdriver, because it looks like a big screw, but that ended up tearing a little chunk out. Is this holding the faucet onto the pipe? If so, what tool do I need to remove it?

I tried simply twisting the faucet off, but it didn't budge, and until I'm 100% positive it twists off, I don't want to try turning any harder than I have.

Redwood 05-31-2011 07:34 AM

I have no idea, never seen one like that before.

However many tub spouts are little more than a die cast shell on the outside.
Frequently if I find one that does not turn easily I crush the shell and break off the pieces with my channel lock pliers so I can use a hold back wrench on the nipple coming out of the wall.

You may want to follow that approach.

Doan 06-01-2011 05:54 PM

No one has ever seen this?

WhiteTiger 06-02-2011 06:29 AM

Never seen one like that before. I have a feeling that might be an optional port for a hand shower. With out being there to investigate I can not really help you. Sorry.

ThanhN 06-06-2011 09:41 PM

I have the same problem if anyone can help.

Redwood 06-07-2011 01:35 PM

The advice in the 2nd post tells what to do...

Replace it!

Doan 06-07-2011 06:36 PM

Surely there's a way these are designed to be removed.

ThanhN 06-08-2011 02:18 AM

i am renting and the owner said i have to fix it myself because he dose not feel that the leaking is a big problem. but if i do replace it i have to put the old one back on when i move out. so breaking it is not an option. if anyone has any idea to replace it without breaking it. i would be very thankful.

i wouldnt be changing it if it wasnt hot water pouring from the spout. because it is my shower is colder then i would like it to be.

Thanks in advance for anyone who is using their time to help me.

went to homedepot today with pics of it and the guys there couldn't tell me anything about it. like how to remove it without breaking it. all the ones they had on display did not have the same screw on the bottom...
i just do not want to take it off just to find that i have to replace more because they do not sell replacements for them.

Thanks for all the help. if i find anything out i will come back and post here.

ThanhN 06-15-2011 12:30 AM

I talked to the owner that I am renting from and he said "that it is normal for the water to come from the spout." "if I have a problem with it I have to pay to have it looked at and then he must approve the repairs"

dose that sound right? sorry first time renting from someone that i do not know. normally i just repair the things i dont like because i normally know the owners..

Is it normal for them to leak like that? and should i be paying for everything for a rental place as in repairs that were broken before i moved in. I live in cali. if that matters.

Redwood 06-15-2011 10:48 AM

No water should come out when the valve is shut off...
A small amount may drain out of the pipes but it should stop...

While showering a very small amount can come out of the spout as this will allow the diverter to release when water is shut off so the next user will not start off with the shower running...

A large amount coming out of the spout causing the tub to fill up while showering or, the hot water supply to run out is certainly excessive and should be addressed...

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