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Old 04-19-2010, 01:44 PM   #1
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hello, i'm trying to get this (pictured below) elbow piece off, because it leaks somewhere b/w it and the straight pipe it connects. but, as you can hopefully see here, there's a stud preventing my pipe wrench access to the elbow. so, i have no idea how to get it off w/o removing part of my stud. just wondering if it is possible to do w/o doing that?



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Old 04-19-2010, 02:22 PM   #2
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HI and welcome.

I that a coupler above the threaded piece? That may be the answer.

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Old 04-19-2010, 02:31 PM   #3
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i'm not sure what's what to be honest. do these pics help more?







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Old 04-19-2010, 02:38 PM   #4
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Is that the tub spout in the last pic? Remove that first.
Then the elbow should remove easier, IF that's where it's leaking, but I suspect not.

(My buddy here says just grab your sawzall... LOL)

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that last pic is the tub spout. and that's where the elbow leads to. if i am able to twist it out, I'd still be stuck w/ the same problem of not having access to the elbow on the back, wouldn't i?

here's another pic showing where we think the leak is originating:

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I don't see any signs of water damage there, are you sure it wasn't the straight piece the spout attaches to? Did it leak under the spout?
Remove and inspect that first.

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you probably cant see any signs because i've let it dry out and not get too far along.

when I have the tub spout hooked up and running normally, it drips a steady leak right at the bottom of the elbow. it'd either coming from the straight tub spout piece, or the connection b/w it and the elbow, or maybe at the elbow and the 'coupler' above the elbow.

i just need to get the elbow off there, to have a look and maybe just replace all 3 fittings, i think.
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Well, regardless of whether or not that is where the leak is, there is no way the elbow will rotate with that piece on it, it MUST be removed first.
(be careful around that tile) Then a pipe wrench should turn the elbow and/or threaded nipple piece off. Are you sure that's a support stud?
It looks like a 4x4!

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Any objections to cutting it off? With a 1/16" thk abrasive disk in an arbor in an elec. drill?
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I would remove the stud
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cut 90 off with sawzall, and putt back with copper male adapter and 90
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im liking the option to chop it off and not have to rebuild my stud...

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Any objections to cutting it off? With a 1/16" thk abrasive disk in an arbor in an elec. drill?
Yoyizit, what kinda tool or bit is that? can you provide a link or something where i could see it please?
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Remove the nipple on the inside of shower/tub with a pipe wrench or chain wrench being careful of the tile. Then remove the two unions on the backside of wall on either side of that stud. With unions removed move the el to the right for enough room to turn it cc to remove. May need two chain wrenches, one to hold the nipple between the el and the body and one to turn the el. Just a suggestion.

P.S. To protect the tile place a piece of cardboard or luan with hole to fit over the nipple/spout against the tile.

P.S.S. If you have a pipe for the shower supply running up the wall, may have to unscrew it in order to get the movement of the manifold you need as you may have to move it up then over a little ikn order to get the el far enough away from the stud to turn it.

Good luck.

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With luck, you may be able to pull the el toward you when everything is taken apart to get beeter working leverage for removal of the el.
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Yoyizit, what kinda tool or bit is that? can you provide a link or something where i could see it please?
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