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How to Put in a New Tub Faucet


Tub faucets undergo daily use in most homes, which leads to significant wear and tear. The connection between the faucet spout and wall pipe can loosen and leak due to pressure placed on the spout. The spout's lever may also wear out from corrosion, leading to an inability to channel enough water to the shower head. Finally, the faucet's finish may corrode and chip. While this primarily affects aesthetics, a bathroom's overall appearance may benefit from replacement of the spout.
1. Feel the underside of the old spout to determine the type of spout. If you feel a screw, the spout is a slip-on. If you do not feel a screw, the spout is a screw-on.
2. Remove old caulk around the faucet with a utility knife.
3. Loosen the screw on a slip-on spout with a hex wrench. To remove a screw-on spout, twist the entire spout counterclockwise manually.
4. Loosen the nipple that connects the spout to the wall piping with a pipe wrench. Use an internal pipe wrench if the nipple is too short to get a grip with a standard pipe wrench.
5. Line the threading on both sides of the new faucet nipple with plumber's tape and screw into the wall's piping.
6. Place the new faucet over the nipple and turn clockwise until tight. If the new faucet is a slip-on, slide the faucet over the nipple and tighten the screw on the underside with a hex wrench.
7. Cut the tip of a tube of caulk to make a 1/4-inch opening. Slide the caulk into a caulk gun and slowly depress the trigger to release caulk completely around the seam between the faucet and wall. Smooth the caulk with a wet finger.

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