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Question DetailsAsked on 10/31/2014

How do I remove a shower head that appears to be stuck due to dry plumbers tape below it?

Need a pros solution to how to replace a bathroom shower head that appears stuck fast by dried out plumbers tape affixed between it and water flow pipe.

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Put a few drops of penetrating or sewing machine or gun oil or WD-40 (best) to soak into the tape and threads for several days running - should turn off real easy.

Immediate solution, but be sure to keep off walls and shower/tub because it can remove finishes (including chrome) on tub/shower as well as tile, and will melt plastic like shower surrounds and faucet handles (including shower head so probably will not be reusable) - laquer thinner (same as the strong paint-smelling fingernail polish remover), brake cleaner (automotive), and bumper sticker remover.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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