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    Question Anyone see a problem in this photo? Tub Spout wiggles

    Is there anything in this photo that would cause a tub spout to wiggle? It does not sit against the tile, so the plumber caulked between the spout and the tile. When I pull the diverter up, the spout moves. I can easily wiggle the spout with my little girl hand. The plumber said this is no problem, but it seems, at the very least, the spout moving every day when the diverter is pulled up would cause the caulk seal to break.

    The spout is a 5-inch Grohe 13 611 000.
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    I'm just a diy'er but it looks like it could have used either one of these, or he could have come down from the valve to a drop ear elbow and a nipple.
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    Thank you, Chad. Both methods seem more secure than what he did. I imagine that's why it's wiggling. The GC is coming next week and I'm hoping to be better informed when I tell him about the spout. Thanks again for your help.

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    The valve plate can be removed and some blocking slid in there. Normally just a little lift of the diverter is all that's needed. The little finger muscle should do it.

    It's nice that there is full size copper pipe there for the tub spout.
    PEX would have been a No-No.

    The tub spout should be up against the wall. The spout can be unthreaded and the male adapter pulled off, tubing shortened and resoldered. Added to the answer above
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    Thank you, Terry. This diverter doesn't operate very smoothly for me. I pull once and water keeps coming out of the spout til I give it another pull. Or perhaps I'm a bigger weakling than I thought. Many thanks again for your help.

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    See how there's a piece of wood (blocking) behind the valve? There should be the same behind the end of the tub spout drop so it can be anchored well. Often, they'd use a drop-ear ell, which allows you to screw the ears to that blocking, giving good support. But, you can also use the fixture shown in one of the responses above and then solder the pipe to it to provide good support.

    The tub spout should not stick out from the finished wall. If it does, IMHO, it was not installed properly. Whether it is a screw on or push on spout assembly, it still should sit tight to the wall. That won't solve the movement, though, but caulk does act like a glue.
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