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Old 10-07-2014, 10:05 PM   #1
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Help with shower fixtures

Was over at some friends house looking at their new house. This was a flip house done by some realtors so I didn't expect very high quality but they did have an inspection done and thought this would have been caught. It appears when they redid the bathroom shower they did not secure the copper pipe to the the studs behind the shower wall. The shower head pulls in and out from the wall and so do the handles for the water. Question is - Is there any way to secure the shower pipes without tearing into the newly finished tiled shower walls, securing the pipes, and then resetting the tiles and the finishing things right? Looking for easy but been on the site long enough to know it has to be done right. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


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Old 10-07-2014, 10:52 PM   #2
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I know of no easy way to make these repairs but here are some thoughts-
Fill the shower arm escutcheon and the hole with adhesive caulk- or
Pull back the escutcheon and see if you can tighten the screws at the shower ell- or
Do an intense google search for a shower nipple that has an adjustable face washer on it. I have seen them before but can not remember who makes them- they're not common.

For the handle- remove the face trim and see if you can wedge blocking inside.

After saying all that- it is best to bite the bullet and open the wall from the back side, or front if you have to, and properly anchor the pipes


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Can you go into the wall from the back side?
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Like others have said, going in from the backside is the way to go. With luck the shower backs onto a closet or something. Open the bay that the shower valve is in from the height of the lowest loose part to the height of the tallest. Cut 2x4 to fit the width of the stud bay and secure the shower arm elbow to it. If it's pex, you can do this without cutting the line, if it's copper, it might be simplest to just cut it and couple it back together when you're done. A 1/2" nipple 4" long or similar can be threaded into the elbow, then stuck back through the hole the shower arm normally goes into to make sure you have it in the proper place. When you're all done you can just take the nipple out and thread your shower arm back in. Screw the 2x4 into the studs as best you can. Same operation for the shower valve and the tub spout elbow if that's separate.
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