How to Remove a Faucet Spout

When you have leaks around the faucet spout, removal of the spout is necessary to make repairs. Removing a faucet spout depends upon what type of faucet you are repairing. Single handle sink faucets require removal of the faucet handle, while two handle faucet spouts usually have only a cap. Tub faucets either slip on to the house plumbing and secure with a screw or screw on to threads on the end of the house plumbing. Placing the spout back on the faucet is usually the reverse of removing it.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Pipe wrench
  • Cloth

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Single-Handle Sink Faucet

Turn off the water supply to the faucet at the shut off valves under the sink. Tilt the faucet handle up to release any residual water remaining in the line. Locate the screw securing the handle to the cartridge or faucet stem. Remove the screw with a Phillips-head screwdriver, and lift the faucet handle off the faucet.

Rotate the adjusting collar counterclockwise with a pair of slip joint pliers. The adjusting collar is the threaded ring just inside the faucet cap. The faucet cap is the piece that sits between the top of the faucet spout and the bottom of the handle. Remove the adjusting collar from the faucet.

Twist the faucet cap counterclockwise with your fingers, and lift the cap away from the faucet. Grasp the faucet spout housing with your hands. Lift the housing straight off the faucet body. You may need to use some force if the O-rings adhere to the inside of the spout housing.

Double Handle Sink Faucet

Turn the cap on the top of the faucet spout housing counterclockwise with a pair of slip joint pliers. Remove the cap to reveal the retaining ring on the inside top of the spout housing.

Grasp the retaining ring with the slip joint pliers, and turn the ring counterclockwise to remove it from the spout.

Grab the spout body with your fingers, and pull it straight off the faucet diverter housing.

Tub Slip-On Spout

Look under the tub spout near the wall for a set screw. the screw is often in a recessed hole or slot in the bottom of the spout.

Remove the screw with a Phillips-head screwdriver.

Pull the spout straight off the the house plumbing.

Tub Screw-On Spout

Place a cloth over the top of the spout near the wall, if you do not have a set screw on the spout.

Adjust the jaws of a pipe wrench over the spout and cloth. Turn the spout counterclockwise with the pipe wrench until you can turn it by hand.

Rotate the spout counterclockwise by hand until it is off the house plumbing pipe.

Tips & Warnings

  • It is not necessary to turn off the water supply to the tub to remove the tub spout.


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