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Cindy_Home 12-26-2011 11:36 AM

How to Remove Broken Piece from Showerhead Pipe
 
As seen in this picture, the showerhead pipe has been completely cleaved. A piece of the showerhead pipe is still inside the waterline pipe, and the piece is still stuck to the waterline pipe.

http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/...h_DSCF9183.jpg

What is the best way to remove the showerhead piece from the waterline pipe?

Thanks!

TarheelTerp 12-26-2011 12:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Cindy_Home (Post 803434)
What is the best way to remove the showerhead piece from the waterline pipe?

best? simplest? least likely to create five other problems?
with the right tools and patience you *might* be able to work the thread loose... or not.

I'd look to cut the riser pipe an inch or so below the elbow
(leave enough room for a coupling to be sweated into place)
then replace the elbow fitting altogether.

hth

Bondo 12-26-2011 02:11 PM

Ayuh,... They make Easy-Outs that'll fit, 'n with abit of heat, oughta work...

DannyT 12-26-2011 02:12 PM

i had to remove a few of these in my 20 years as a plumber. I would take a hacksaw blade and cut a slit front to back. cut til you just get through to the threads no more then take a small screwdriver and peel out the broken part. make sure not to booger the threads in the elbow. use teflon tape on the new shower arm and you should be ok. remember just cut through the wall of the broken piece and not into the threads of the drop ear ell in the wall.

Bud Cline 12-26-2011 02:27 PM

Use the "extracting tool" they make for that exact purpose and you won't have to cut anything and screw up something else in the process.:) It will take about forty seconds to remove it.

joecaption 12-26-2011 03:16 PM

http://www.plumbersurplus.com/Prod/P...230021/Cat/655
You can buy on at Lowes or Home Depot in the plumbing tool area.

plummen 12-26-2011 04:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Bud Cline (Post 803582)
Use the "extracting tool" they make for that exact purpose and you won't have to cut anything and screw up something else in the process.:) It will take about forty seconds to remove it.

Some times that works easily,some times it doesnt :laughing:

Cindy_Home 12-26-2011 04:02 PM

Thank you all for your replies and suggestions. We'll try getting it out.

joecaption 12-26-2011 06:13 PM

That drop leg was installed wrong any way and should be fixed.
Anyone else notice there's no screws in the ears?
Not sure why you opened up that great big hole for such a simple fix. now your stuck with a repair.

plummen 12-26-2011 06:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Bud Cline (Post 803693)
"Doesn't" for who. Never had a problem with the tool or the process.:)

Cant tell from the picture what the nipple is made of,depends on material and how long its been in there. :)

plummen 12-26-2011 07:30 PM

I know what the tool is,ive probably got one propping up the corner of the bench in my shop for all those cheasey things are worth to me! :laughing:
I couldnt tell from her picture what material the nipple was made of,But id be willing to bet I could get it out easy enough with a small chisel and hammer in less than a minute if need be by folding the nipple into itself without hurting any threads :whistling2:

plummen 12-26-2011 08:06 PM

I really do hope the homeowner doesnt just shove one of those extractors in there and just start yanking with a 24" pipewrench.:)
It may just turn right out ,or it might end up twisting that 90 and the nipple above it off also.
If youre going to use one of those tools from the bob villa tool line do yourself a favor and heat the fitting up around the nipple first,when things break off like that theres normally a reason for it :)

Cindy_Home 12-27-2011 03:42 PM

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Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 803752)
That drop leg was installed wrong any way and should be fixed.
Anyone else notice there's no screws in the ears?
Not sure why you opened up that great big hole for such a simple fix. now your stuck with a repair.

The hole was already there from the former homeowner.
May I ask what is wrong with the drop leg? How should it be installed?

Thanks!

plummen 12-27-2011 04:30 PM

it should be screwed to a stud/framing in the wall :)

joecaption 12-27-2011 04:36 PM

There should be a 2 X 4 laying flat between the suds set to a depth just behind the drywall and it gets screwed to that. That's why there's two holes in it. The way it sits now it can more in and out.


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