Installing a spout

There are many ways to install a Waterbearing spout. These instructions cover the most difficult type of installation where there is simply a pipe projecting out from a wall and no access to the back of the wall.

The process is fairly simple:

  1. Screw the bushing into back of spout
  2. Measure how long pipe needs to project
  3. Cut pipe to correct length
  4. Test fit
  5. Connect bonding wire
  6. Glue spout onto pipe


Make sure the pipe is the right size.

Karlo Spout
¾ in.
Big Karlo Spout
1¼ in.
Kepik Spout
¾ in.
Oona spout
1¼ in.
If you have a smaller pipe that the one required be careful. Often times there is no choice. The spout was chosen after the plumbing was installed, or the spout is replacing an older spout that used a different sized pipe. Smaller pipe sizes can cause problems at higher flow rates. Please take a look at what happens when the pipe is too small


Screw provided bushing into back of spout

You need to thread the bushing in so that outer edge of bushing sits below back edge of spout. Use teflon tape or pipe thread compound. The front facing edge of the bushing has been dyed a darker color. This ensures that a white ring is not visible on front of spout after installation.

Unscrew the bushing half a turn

This will allow you to rotate and level the spout after it's been glued in place

Make sure bushing sits below back edge

The back of the bushing should not project beyond the back of the spout. Without any thread sealant the bushing should thread into the back of the spout completely.

Measure how much pipe needs to be exposed

Lay the edge of a right angle along the back edge of the spout and use a tape measure or small ruler to measure the maximum length of pipe that can project from the face of the wall.

The actual length of pipe that can project out from the wall will be less that the maximum length. How much less - that's up to you

Cut pipe to length

Just a reminder "measure twice - cut once"


If you need to bond the spout now is the time to attach the bonding wire. Loosen the set screw on the face of the spout (an allen wrench is provided with each spout) and remove the small section of wire. Insert the bonding wire and tighten the set screw.

I recommend winding the extra wire in a counter-clockwise direction in a big loop around the pipe. This will allow the bonding wire to slip out of the lug during spout removal. Also, don't wind the wire tightly around the pipe - you'll never get the spout glued in place.

Test fit

Make sure everything fits before glueing it in place

Glue spout in place

Put some glue on the bushing and pipe and slip the spout in place. Some silicone sealant along the back edge might also be a good idea. Stay away from water based sealers - they tend to react with the bronze and discolor. Try to level the spout while the solvent glue is still wet.

Level after glueing?

It's still possible to make small adjustments if the PVC glue has dried. Just turn the spout to the right or to the left.