Extending a tub spout is a fairly easy project that can be completed in just a few minutes with the right tools. The most important tool you will need is a hacksaw. Other than that, you will just need some common household tools like a screwdriver and adjustable wrench.
How To Extend Tub Spout
There are a few ways to extend a tub spout. One way is to use an extension arm, which is available at most hardware stores. Another way is to use a diverter, which can be purchased at a plumbing supply store.
-Tape measure -Pipe wrench -Screwdriver -Adjustable wrench -New spout
- Use a pipe wrench to loosen the spout from the faucet
- Remove the old spout
- Cut the new spout to fit the length of the pipe thread the new spout onto the pipe and tighten
on ‘replacing a tub spout’ -Check the existing pipe size. If it is 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch, then purchase a tub spout that matches the size of the pipe. -If the pipe size is not matched, then purchase an adapter to fit the pipe size. -If there is no existing pipe, purchase a tub spout with an attached diverter. -If the tub spout does not have an attached diverter
Frequently Asked Questions
How Far Should Tub Spout Stick Out?
The distance the tub spout sticks out should be enough so someone can comfortably use it, without being too close to the wall or too far away from the faucet. The ideal distance may vary based on the size of the bathroom and the person using the tub.
Do Bathtub Spouts Come In Different Lengths?
Some bathtub spouts come in different lengths, but not all do.
How Far Up Should A Tub Spout Be?
Ideally, the spout of a bathtub faucet should be installed so that the water stream is projected at least six inches above the level of the overflow drain.
To extend a tub spout, one can either buy an extension or use a plumbing nipple and a coupler. If using an extension, it is best to buy one that is the same diameter as the spout. If using a plumbing nipple and coupler, the nipple should be the same diameter as the spout and the coupler should have an inner diameter that is slightly smaller than the outer diameter of the nipple.