tighten shower pipe without scratching it ??

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by hottubbrad, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. hottubbrad

    hottubbrad New Member

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    What method do you use to tighten the shower pipe into the drop ear elbow...
    I always seem to scratch it with my pipe wrench....
    And the trims don't cover the scratch marks completely.

    ALSO, do you use teflon tape or pipe dope.....
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Use whatever makes you feel better, although many people use both.

    I don't find it a problem to just use the bent arm of the pipe as a lever and just screw it in by hand. They make strap wrenchs that work, and you can insert the handle of say a pair of pliers in the outlet and make a bigger lever. If the pipe is cheap and thin, you can distort it with something in the end, though. Normally, I've not had a problem just doing it by hand, though. Unless the arm is straight, that's normally enough leverage to get it aligned and to seal the connection.
  3. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    Channey handle in the arm works like a charm!
  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    idiom

    Now, all the reader has to know is that by "channey" you mean "Channellock pliers" then the answer would make sense to them.
  5. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    Hey, who're you calling an idiom¿ :cool:
  6. faucetman886

    faucetman886 DIY Junior Member

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    I have used an old leather belt or a piece of scrap leather to insolate the pipe wrench from the pipe. If you soak the leather in water it makes it even less likely to do any damage. As the years have gone by and my waist size has grown I always have extra belts..LOL
  7. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    belt

    Rosin on the belt, or any other material such as a strap wrench, will let it grip better without slipping.
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