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Question DetailsAsked on 11/14/2014

How do Iremove plumbers tape that has hardened between shower spray nozzle and shower water pipe?

I bought a new stainless shower head and attempted to remove the old shower head but it seems to be tightly affixed
to the water line with... plumbers tape. Anybody know how to soften it inorder to remove the old shower head? I tried applying heat with use of hair dryer. thank You

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Taped pipe threads should loosen pretty easily. Could it be putty or even corrosion instead? If that's the case, why not get a new pipe/arm (in a "stainless" finish) to match your new shower head instead of fighting with the old one and its possibly damaged threads?

Answered 5 years ago by Guest_9953265


Here is another recent similar question - hope that was not yours also and you were looking for new input -

I am afraid I can't subscribe to the other comment about replacing the shower arm as an easy solution - the 90 degree pipe fitting they are screwed into tend to not be real well fastened to the stud in the wall commonly, so twisting it can break a pipe in the wall or rip the fitting loose - especially if the showerhead is so tight, it is likely the arm was sealed the same way in the wall, so you might have to really reef on it to get it out.

My advice - if the oil or solvents (being careful to use a catch pad under them to prevent damaging the shower/tub finish) do not work, I would call a plumber. NOTE - make sure your arm is not cheap chrome-plated plastic pipe rather than chrome-plated brass or stainless, as the solvents will soften and chemically melt that. Commonly to get really tight ones off it takes a few days soaking with oil first, then two strap wrenches to remove them (or a strap wrench on the arm and pipe wrench on the head if you don't mind damaging it). It is important to use two wrenches working against each other rather than reefing on the arm, because it can twist, break, snap off in the wall, or break the pipe or loosen the fitting in the wall - and the worst part about the latter is because of the shower head noise you cannot hear the leak in the wall, so the first you know of it is when water or water stains show up downstairs or in the next room.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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