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Old 06-08-2012, 08:38 AM   #1
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I replaced a shower head. Now it leaks badly where it screws on. What's the name of the stuff you put on the screw threads to stop leaking?

Most times there's no clerk available to help when I go to the store. thank you.


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Teflon tape.

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Teflon tape.
Ayuh,... or pipe dope in a can...
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Teflon wrapped opposite way the shower head screws on.

Pipe dope is for black iron pipes or mostly for boiler fitting wouldnt suggest it on a shower head and or arm.
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Teflon wrapped opposite way the shower head screws on.

Pipe dope is for black iron pipes or mostly for boiler fitting wouldnt suggest it on a shower head and or arm.
For 28 years I've doped every male thread on every type of pipe system.
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For 28 years I've doped every male thread on every type of pipe system.
Silver piping.... I always leave that type out of that equation, there's just no reason for it your not holding pressure in a shower arm nor sink drain tubes, traps, and offsets.
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For 28 years I've doped every male thread on every type of pipe system.
Silver piping.... I always leave that type out of that equation, there's just no reason for it your not holding pressure in a shower arm nor sink drain tubes, traps, and offsets.
Ayuh,.... On Silver pipin', I use white pipe dope,....
I can wipe off the excess, 'n it won't show a stupid white ring around the pipe, like excess tape does...
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seems to be a split opinion so I may try one thing on one shower and another on the 2nd shower.

P.S. I guess I'm better off using Pipe Dope because there are only about 3 threads on the stem. That's probably not enough space to wrap Teflon Tape.

There's one of those things attached, (which I'll leave) that has a button to shut off the water while you shampoo. A water saver. That connection is what has a very shallow place to screw on the shower head.

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How about if you use a rubber washer. It can also help you to control the leakage. In fact I think that ay be this s reason that your are facing this issue.
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paul,

there's really not enough space for a washer. Very, very shallow edge to screw the showerhead on, with that 'water saver' between the main stem and the showerhead I'm trying to attach.

otherwise, a good idea. thanks
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think I fixed it yesterday. Used pliers and tighten it as much as I could. That stopped the remaining leak.

Will try that on the outside spigot.

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