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Old 07-29-2009, 09:24 PM   #1
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How do I remove a shower arm?


Is there an easy way to unscrew a shower arm without damaging it? I tried using pliers with a washcloth wrapped around the arm, but couldn't get it to budge.

I just need to take it out long enough to put the flange in place and then put the arm back on.

Oh, and do I need to re-wrap the threads with plumbers tape before putting the arm back on?

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How do I remove a shower arm?


If the neck is hard to remove then sometimes I just et it removed and replace it. They are pretty cheap and those big box stores.

And yes retape the threads with teflon

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I use a pipe wrench & old towel
& yes teflon tape when putting it back
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Okay, thanks. I'll try again.

It's not plumbers tape, but teflon tape. Got it mixed up with plumbers putty.

If I used that, I guess I'd be posting a new thread titled, "Why won't water come out of the shower head?"
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Okay, thanks. I'll try again.

It's not plumbers tape, but teflon tape. Got it mixed up with plumbers putty.

If I used that, I guess I'd be posting a new thread titled, "Why won't water come out of the shower head?"


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The best way to remove and replace the arm is to put one side of a pair of channel locks into the necks hole and then turn it out, and reverse to replace. It leaves no marks on the neck and gives you better leverage to tighten the neck. When replacing, I place the collar on the neck, then wrap the threads with 5 turns of teflon tape and it has worked great for me. Adding a bit of plumbers dope wont hurt at all either.
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Thank you, I'll give that a try. Except for the dope. The tape and putty already had me confused. If I throw the dope into the mix, Lord knows what'll happen. lol

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It's done. I ended up using one of those flat rubber things that you use to open the lid on a jar. I wrapped it around the arm and used the channel locks. It came off very easily.

I had a heck of a time putting it back together though. The threads wouldn't line up. I thought I broke it. But it's back on there now and looks much better with the flange in place. Except for the scratches where the channel locks cut through the rubber thing.

I tested it after the shower head was on. Water started spraying out where the shower head is attached to the arm. Took that back off and most of the teflon tape I had just wrapped around it was gone. I put more of it around the threads, put it back together and now there are no leaks. Yay!

Thanks so much for your help guys.

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