08:39PM | 12/14/09
Member Since: 12/14/09
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I just purchased a new home and this handyman thing is very new to me. In the guest bathroom, I turned on the shower and the tub spout popped off the nipple. I never liked that spout anyway, so I purchased a Moen 3931 from a local plumbing store.

I brought the new spout home and tried to slip it on the 1/2" nipple, got about half way and it got really tough. I noticed that the nipple was scratched up and a little bit bent. I also noticed that there is a nice sized hole behind the pipe that has some plastic and putty. It looks like the previous owner did a terrible job trying to plug the hole.

Anyway, I managed to force the spout on and tighten the clamp. When I turned on the shower, water started slowly trickling out of the back of the spout into that hole (into the wall). I called a plumber and the guy they sent quoted me way too much to rip out my drywall from the other room and examine the issue. I told him to leave.

Can anyone please help? I really appreciate it. I attached a photo so you can see what I mean.


01:49AM | 12/15/09
Member Since: 07/22/04
511 lifetime posts
that pipe is deformed right where the o ring is supposed to make the seal,hence the leak.

you might be able to save some money by opening the wall from behind yourself.


05:30AM | 12/15/09
Member Since: 12/14/09
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Is there a way I can replace (or fix the pipe) without having to open the wall. I can do drywall work, it's just I'd rather not create extra work for myself.


01:40AM | 12/16/09
Member Since: 07/22/04
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if it's sweated in.

if it's threaded in (which i doubt) then yes.


12:16PM | 12/16/09
Member Since: 01/24/06
1452 lifetime posts
If you just bought the home at any decent closing one would ask for escrow money be left in an account after closing to pay for any hidden defects.

Also if there is some type of hidden defect such as putty etc this would constitute fraud and you should not attempt any repairs as if you make a repair you bought the entire farm


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