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Old 01-11-2012, 01:42 AM   #1
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shower arm moves in and out and left to right about an inch


I have an adjustable shower head on my shower arm and when moving the shower head around, the shower arm itself will move in and out and left to right about an inch. is there a way to stop this without busting up the tiles and opening up drywall so it doesn't work any piping loose down the road? will caulk work? if so, what type of caulk do you folks recommend?

also, should I apply some caulk to the back of the plate that goes over the shower arm or should that stay loose?

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Old 01-11-2012, 06:03 AM   #2
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You can try packing 100 % silicone behind the eschelen (beauty ring), but it probably won't last, and could be a mildew collector.
And let it dry at least 24 hours, longer if possible.

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The fitting that the arm screws into is supposed to screwed/nailed to a framing member, yours apparently is not. No easy way to fix that other than suggested above. If there is access from behind, like in a closet, you could cut a hole in the drywall and secure it. If you can't secure it somehow, you will eventually have leaks or worse, a gusher.
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Opening the wall from behind is the best way to secure it. If that is not possible, a can a spray foam might stiffen it up.
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get a 1/2" crome escheon with set screw slide it over shower arm pull tight tighten set screw """DONE DEAL"""""
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Or do it right and open up the sheetrock, see if they tryed just using an elbow instead of a drop leg.
If there's a drop leg and no one screwed it to a 2 X 4 then just add one.

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