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Old 08-08-2010, 06:49 PM   #1
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Shower arm broke off in pipe. Any suggestions to remove?


I was replacing my shower today, and when I went to remove the shower arm, it broke off and left the threaded end still in the pipe. Any suggestions on how to get the old piece out? I really don't want to have to replace the whole pipe, which would require removing the tiles, wall, etc. And FYI...I didn't really put too much effort into getting this out. It broke off quite easily.




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What is on the other side of the shower? You may be able to access from that side, and then replace the fitting that way.

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Use a Sawzall or a Dremel to cut through the shower arm thread. Careful not to cut the threads on the riser, then pry it out with a chisel or flat screwdriver.
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They make a tool which is like an inside pipe wrench. Ask at your local hardware store tell them your problem they should be able to suggest the proper tool.
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Go to a good hardware store and ask for a 1/2 nipple extractor. Or you can take a flat tapered file that fits snugly inside the broken nipple, tap it with a hammer until embeds into the pipe wall. Now grip the file with a cresent wrench and unscrew the broken nipple.
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Once you get a internal pipe wrench/nipple extractor/file try to tighten it just enough to break the threads free. Then remove, Use rust buster
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Thanks for the suggestions. My worry is that it's so corroded that even the thread removal tool won't work. I guess in that case i'll just have to try filing/hacksawing until I can get enough out to re-tap the threads.

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