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Question DetailsAsked on 11/4/2016

How can I remove this shower hose with teflon tape?? It's impossible

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This is Chris in Member Care. Thanks for your interest in Angie's List!

Just so you know, Teflon tape is only used to wrap the threads on pipes to prevent leaks. It’s not meant to be used to remove a shower hose. You’ll need to unscrew that by hand or use a pipe-wrench.

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Answered 3 years ago by Member Services


Sounds like a hand sprayer nozzle hose connected to the shower arm or head pipe (the usually stainless or chromed pipe coming out of the wall that the shower head is usually connected to). That pipe has a male thread, and the hose connector will be female - and presumably the teflon tape you are talking about is teflon plumbers tape, used to seal the threads against leaks. And yeah, teflon tape used with plastic fittings can really make a tight joint - I prefer not to mix the two for that reason, using pipe dope instead.

Take some strong tape - duct tape or better yet electrical tape, and take several thickness of wraps significantly wider than your wrench around the shower arm to protect the finish, then you will hold that firm (resisting the turning when you remove the hose) with pipe wrench or channel lock pliers or nylon strap wrench (best) gripping firmly but not so tight that you crush it or mar the finish. Soak the teflon tape with WD-40 or similar penetrating oil. Than, after letting soak 5 minutes or more (and immediately clean up any spillage/overspray to avoid shower finish damage, especially on pasinted or plastic surfaces), using any sort of pliers or wrench (vice grips, channel locks, pipe wrench, strap wrench) that give you enough purchase (assuming the hose is going to be a throw-away) grab the connection nut on the hose and turn counter-clockwise. The reason for the wrench/channel locks on the shower arm is to prevent it from moving and partly unscrewing in the wall, which can cause a leak in the wall.

[Some plumbers use a strip of chamois cloth or flexible strip of leather or similar high-friction material instead of tape so you don't have any possible tape gum to remove afterwards (WD-40 will take tape gum off) - does work better than tape but not everyone has it available. I have also seen half a dozen wraps of saran wrap used for this - anything that will protect the finish from the jaws of the wrench or pliers, and grip the pipe tight enough that it does not spin.]

If you cannot get it to turn without fearing breakage, being careful not to cut into the shower arm or its end threads, you can also hand hacksaw or cut with a utility knife most of the way through the hose nut (cutting "up and down" or parallel with the shower arm and hose so you are splitting the nut) then loosen per above after it is weakened.

Be sure to clean all the tape off the threads before putting on new shower head or whatever it is you are replacing it with.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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