Broken pipe at threads-how do I remove it?

Discussion in 'Shower & bathtub Forum & Blog' started by timo, Jul 12, 2006.

  1. timo

    timo New Member

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    When replacing a shower head, the shower arm snapped off behind our tile shower wall, right where the shower arm threads onto another pipe. How do I remove the threaded piece from the broken shower arm that's threaded into the pipe in the wall? There's no "edge" past the threads to grab to unscrew this broken threaded "chunk." Suggestions would be great!
  2. plumber1

    plumber1 Plumber

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    If that shower riser is secured well inside the wall you can take a hack saw blade and put a little tape on the part that you will hold in your hand.

    I would have the saw blade turned so that it will cut when you pull. Carefully cut the broken piece and don't cut into the elbow very much. Make one cut at 5 o'clock and another at 7 o'clock. With a thin narrow screw driver, tap it between the threads.

    With patients you will get it out. Go at it slowly.

    Tape dope it well and you will be just fine.
  3. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Or, you could use one of these internal pipe wrenches...less than $10.

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  4. timo

    timo New Member

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    Thanks Much!

    These are both great ideas--can't thank you guys enough. I've stared at this thing for 2 days trying to figure out how to get that piece out. I really appreciate it.
  5. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    Be careful with the internal pipe wrench. The peice in the wall may be very thin and you could end up ruining the threads with it.
  6. timo

    timo New Member

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    Good thinking. Hard water is the whole reason I was replacing this shower head. (Our other bath had a "flood" and I was gutting it slowly) This was the only working shower and the head wasn't flowing well due to calcium...I go to replace it, and snap. I'll break out the tiles, then try cutting it first. The pipes are fragile.
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