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Old 02-01-2014, 09:38 PM   #1
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Default Simple question on shower head connection

I'm threading the shower head "arm"(whatever it's called) in to the wall and when it snugs up it's 180 deg upside down. I can't force it another 180 deg(it's bottomed out). I'm using liquid pipe sealant(rectorseal 5).

Should I just go all the way as far as I can to where it's in the proper location and let it harden? It's pretty loose. My fear is my wife will by rough on it(we are using one of those detachable shower heads) and it will break the sealant and start leaking in the wall and I won't realize it.



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Should have also mentioned it's metal to metal connection.



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Old 02-01-2014, 10:56 PM   #3
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Wrap the shower arm threads with teflon tape, and coat tape with rector seal, now thread it in.
The tape should make the fit a bit more snug so you can stop it at the correct position.
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I usually use 6 or so wraps of teflon tape, then dope on top of that, as the previous poster said. One handle of a pair of pliers inside the arm to tighten it down.

Make sure to flush through the shower arm thoroughly before you install the head.

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Old 02-03-2014, 12:15 PM   #5
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I'll give it a shot, thanks.

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still seems very loose. Should I wrap it even more with tape?

Any other options?

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How many wraps did you use?

That is a bad spot to have a leak, as you mentioned, you don't usually know about it until a lot of damage has occurred. If you can't get it to tighten up, I would get another shower arm and try that. Thread sizes can be slightly different.

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Just confirming you are threading the correct end?

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I wrapped it around 4-6 full wraps.

Long end into the wall. Is that correct?

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I wrapped it around 4-6 full wraps.

Long end into the wall. Is that correct?
Usually, but not always. Are there differences in the ends?

My biggest concern is with 6 wraps of teflon tape, and it is not tightening, I'm concerned that the opposite elbow may have been split. Can you confirm this?


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