DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > Plumbing Forum > new bath spout will not screw on past two or three threads




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-25-2012, 03:53 PM  
muskox37
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 15
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default new bath spout will not screw on past two or three threads

My bath spout was starting to corrode around the outlet pretty badly so I decided I would change it. This is the chrome outer spout, not the nipple that comes out from the wall.

Anyways I had to use a chain wrench to get it off and of course I marred the finish in a couple of places. No big deal because I have two new ones that I have acquired over the last few years. But . . .

I cannot get either of these two new spouts to screw onto the nipple past two complete turns. This does not get them anywhere near the tub wall. I checked them out at a local plumbing store and all three screwed onto the nipple he produced from behind the desk. The pipe is 13/16 copper with what he called a half inch pipe thread.

I put the old spout back on for now but would like to know if there is some kind of special thread I have run into. I am reluctant to take out the nipple because that will probably get me into more trouble and that will be behind the wall.

And I thought this would be a half hour job . . .

Bob



__________________
muskox37 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-25-2012, 04:40 PM  
nealtw
Contractor
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: vancouver, b.c.
Posts: 10,328
Liked 859 Times on 767 Posts
Likes Given: 1485

Default

Take the old one to the store and see what fits it.



__________________
nealtw is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-26-2012, 06:33 PM  
CallMeVilla
Contractor
 
CallMeVilla's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: San Diego
Posts: 1,282
Liked 398 Times on 311 Posts
Likes Given: 162

Default

Actually, replacing the nipple is NOT that big a deal. Certainly, try to match the old one to the nipples at the store. If you had access to a plumber's die set, you could clean up the threads a bit with that. OR, you could just replace the nipple outright. Wrench it out, get a new one that fits the length, apply teflon tape or paste, crank it back in, and finish the 30 minute job six hours later.

Don't you love these challenges??

__________________
CallMeVilla is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-27-2012, 09:22 AM  
muskox37
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 15
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default pipe thread?

Ok, for $2.50 I bought a galvanized pipe nipple just so that I could try out my three spouts. When I tried out one of the two new spouts I could only get it on about three threads. I am now thinking that the two new spouts have what I understand to be a 'pipe thread,' i.e., that the thread within the spout narrows until it binds so as to achieve a better seal.

The old spout which was installed somewhere around 1970 I expect, does not have this feature and will easily turn all the way in.

I am contemplating hack sawing the nipple off-there is a considerable amount of it that is threaded- and then trying to install one of the new spouts. I am worried about how much I will damage the thread however. Could be a bear to get it started.

However I always do have the option of removing the nipple and installing another one that would take the new spout. . . and opening up a whole new can of worms.

__________________
muskox37 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-27-2012, 11:12 AM  
CallMeVilla
Contractor
 
CallMeVilla's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: San Diego
Posts: 1,282
Liked 398 Times on 311 Posts
Likes Given: 162

Default

We are all sitting on the edge of the tub to see how you resolve your dilemna.

__________________
CallMeVilla is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-27-2012, 02:23 PM  
muskox37
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 15
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default ok. you can get off the edge of the tub now

I did saw off the end of the nipple and the new spout did thread in fairly well. There is a little clearance between the spout and the tile wall of the shower but it is pretty well unnoticeable. I then had to change out the hot water gasket and, as it turned out, the faucet seat, so as to stop some leaking that had recently begun to occur. It took me about an hour to get the handle off the faucet because it had seemingly welded itself on. After much banging on the handle with a rubber mallet and much squirting with penetrating oil and tiger piss I was able to finally get it off. I have now spent the entire day on plumbing repair. This was supposed to take a half hour.

__________________
muskox37 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-27-2012, 05:29 PM  
nealtw
Contractor
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: vancouver, b.c.
Posts: 10,328
Liked 859 Times on 767 Posts
Likes Given: 1485

Default

Now with all that experience, you will be an expert for someone else. Run some caulking around that spout, keep the water out of that wall.



__________________
nealtw is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
Bathtub Spout Leaks Behind Spout (pics) wallix Plumbing Forum 32 10-09-2012 07:01 AM
Help with fixing tub spout "screw clamp" amodoko Plumbing Forum 3 03-23-2012 05:13 AM
Leaky Pipe Threads 1victorianfarmhouse Plumbing Forum 3 09-07-2011 11:22 PM
markng threads as read JoeD HouseRepairTalk Website Help 2 10-07-2010 09:31 AM
Bath faucet Leaking by Set Screw goobyman Plumbing Forum 1 08-02-2010 05:53 PM