Paul in Toronto

02:50PM | 04/19/04
Member Since: 10/07/01
51 lifetime posts
I need to replace the existing tub spout nipple with one that is a half inch shorter in length.

How do I remove the old one and more importantly install the new one without damaging the threads?

I've thought of using a strap wrench but I'm not sure how well that will work.

Anybody have any tricks or tips?

plumber Tom

04:26PM | 04/19/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
Hi Paul. I have an easy way for you to accomplish this job. Remove the old spout CCW. Buy a spout that contains an "O" ring and allen screw clamp.Cut off the male adapter with a tubing cutter leaving at least 3 and 1/2" of copper stubbed out. Simply install the new spout. Some spouts even supply the allen key to tighen it up. Good luck. Tom


07:58PM | 04/19/04
Member Since: 04/18/04
12 lifetime posts
If you do decide to change the nipple, an internal pipe wrench might do the job.

Paul in Toronto

03:03PM | 04/20/04
Member Since: 10/07/01
51 lifetime posts
I definitely want to change the nipple.

I have never heard of an internal pipe wrench. How do they work and where are they available?

erik peterson

05:35AM | 04/22/04
Member Since: 06/23/03
224 lifetime posts
"easy-out" tool or "nipple-extractor" erik


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