Can’t put in shower arm. Old pipe has no thread

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  1. Jeffrey madore

    Jeffrey madore New Member

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    My wife and I just got a house and we were told it was missing a shower arm. I got one and a new shower head but I can’t get the arm in because the thread is bad and it seems too tight as well. Any advice on how to fix this? I can access the pipes which helps but I’m not sure if I can even get the pipe off. Not fun when you can’t shower!

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  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    You have a standard 1/2" drop ear 90 there for the shower arm.
    Normally you can wrap tape three times around the end and thread it in. I like to have the shower head on while I spin it in because it gives me leverage without using pliers on it. You can also use a screwdriver in the end for leverage.

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    It may be that the old shower arm is broken off inside. If that's the case, you need an easy out to remove it.

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  4. Jeffrey madore

    Jeffrey madore New Member

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    Thank you! I guess I’ll have to replace the piece or get someone in. It’s damaged with no thread. Can’t get it to go in no matter what I try
     

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