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Old 11-04-2013, 10:40 AM   #1
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As part of my ongoing bathroom renovation, the shower has been tiled. Where the chrome pipe and shower head should be, the contractor has temporarily left what appears to be a capped iron pipe. He says that will eventually be unscrewed and replaced with the chrome pipe and shower head. However, it appears that -- with the tiling complete -- the threaded connection is now inside the hole and not visible. When he changes out the pipe, how can he be sure that the connection is not leaking if he can't see it?

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There will be a flange that slides over the pipe and covers the hole. You can pull the flange forward to and will be able to see the connection.

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And the way he's doing it is normal and expectable.
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Like the others before me have said this is completely normal it is what we call in the trades a plaster nipple. For the tile guys to tile around without getting stuff inside our pipes .
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Thanks for all the helpful words. After a bunch of posts where people have agreed with me that my contractor was doing some things wrong, it's nice to see that he's doing something right.

I am familiar with the flange, but since the threaded connection is so deep inside the hole, I'm still not sure how you can be certain that the pipe isn't dripping inside the wall. I guess you have to assume that using Teflon tape and tightening it properly will be enough.
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