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Old 06-13-2013, 08:38 PM   #1
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After the shower handle blew out of my bathroom for the last time I decided it was time to replace the assembly with an all in one. In the midst of removing the old unit the copper piping from the diverter to shower head sprang a leak. Rather than fussing with repairing the leak I opted to replace the 4 foot section is some CPVP to make it easier on myself.

Here is the problem. The female to 1/2 inch adapter from the diverter was leaking after I turned the water back on. This was from me not tightening it up enough (doh.) After removing it to reapply my tape I noticed that the washer had fallen out and into the assembly. It wasn't a big deal as I was able to pick it right out.

Do you think I can put this back together without the washer? It seems as if the tighter I get the adapter the washer is forced out into the pipe, if that makes sense.

I would just hook it back up and try it out, but I want to try and avoid buying anymore parts haha. Once that glue sets up your out of luck.

The black washer inside is working itself into the pipe when I tighten it up

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try it again, use both pipe dope and tape. Put pipe dope on threads first, then wrap your tape on. Make sure tape is going right direction as you screw it together (CW). Shouldn't have to turn it too tight. Overtightening is just as bad. See what happens. Because like you said, once you glue it, your done and must start over again.

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You'd be better off using this one- it's designed to transition iron pipe threads to plastic. Your type may crack in the future
http://www.homedepot.com/p/NIBCO-1-2...2#.Ubp28Odwotg
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You'd be better off using this one- it's designed to transition iron pipe threads to plastic. Your type may crack in the future
http://www.homedepot.com/p/NIBCO-1-2...2#.Ubp28Odwotg
IMO, much better. Doesn't look like any washer to worry about either.
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IMO, much better. Doesn't look like any washer to worry about either.
The problem with female adapters that are all plastic is that they'll crack more times than not. And it doesn't happen until the wall is finished or the ditch is backfilled.
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You'd be better off using this one- it's designed to transition iron pipe threads to plastic. Your type may crack in the future
http://www.homedepot.com/p/NIBCO-1-2...2#.Ubp28Odwotg
I love the look of that, but it isn't available at the plumbing place in my town.
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Absolutely! I wont use an all plastic female adapter....male either for that matter.
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I'd use one of these.
http://www.sharkbiteplumbing.com/sha...drop-ear-elbow

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