Shower Arm Help

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by Billyk, Jan 13, 2018.

  1. Billyk

    Billyk New Member

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    I have this shower arm which is leaking in a couple of spots, including the bad patch above the threaded part. To remove it, should the whole thing just turn counter clockwise? I tried to turn it using a pipe wrench but didn't really force it. It felt like the metal housing would bend before a pipe loosened.
     

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  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Is that part that has the threaded nipple installed cracked? If so, you need to replace the whole thing.

    Unless there's a setscrew on that part up against the wall, it is threaded on. Counter-clockwise should remove it. If there's a nipple connecting it to an el inside of the wall, the nipple may come out as well. If they used some silicon when installing that fitting, it can take some significant force to break it free.
     
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  4. plumber69

    plumber69 In the Trades

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    Silicone is not your problem here. If they did use it you wouldn't even notice. Use some muscle counter clockwise
     
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