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Old 09-03-2008, 10:27 PM   #1
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The home is 1 year old and I am trying to remove the flange shown in the picture. The part that goes into the wall that holds the shower head. It should simply rotate/thread out but it is not budging.

Did they stick some type of loctite on it?
I'm scared that I will break something if I turn it any harder....
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Old 09-03-2008, 10:50 PM   #2
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It should simply unscrew counterclockwise. The shower arm has a tapered thread that goes into a brass 90* fitting that is behind the wall. The shower arm is typically installed with pipe dope or teflon tape, neither of which would prohibit removal. No loctite or anything like that. Sometimes you really do have to crank down on them to get them tight enough as well as aligned correctly.

Just put even pressure on it and don't put lateral pressure on it. Unless something is really wierd it should come out, especially since it is relatively new.
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The good news is that there isn't tile where it penetrates the wall. So, if you do screw something up somehow, you're just fixing sheetrock.
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you could probably use a rubber strap wrench to get it off without damaging the finish. I had the same problem and just ended up using a pair of vice grips (replaced the fixture)
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Or, remove the shower head and use a wood dowel as a cheater bar (stick it in the end of the arm where the shower head threads on).
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Be careful as we had a hard showerhead to remove and we ended up doing alot of damage!
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Be careful as we had a hard showerhead to remove and we ended up doing alot of damage!
How, specifically? Your experiences might be beneficial to the OP.
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Or, remove the shower head and use a wood dowel as a cheater bar (stick it in the end of the arm where the shower head threads on).
Instead of a wooden dowel, use a handle of your channelocks for leverage.
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The "flange" at the wall is called an Escutcheon. It has little 'ears' in the hole that hold it to the pipe. What may have been done, is caulk or an adhesive applied to the back of it. Try slipping a putty knife under it and see if you can push it in to meet the pipe. Go all the way around it.
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OK, I got it off. I got it hand tight, and went about 1/4 or 1/2 turn with a wrench. I don't want to strip the fitting.

It looks leak free. I used some pipe thread tape.

The shower head has a hand held shower fixture. The only issue I have is that the pipe behind the wall moves a little when I put the hand held fixture back onto its holder. Is there any way to stop this? Not much I can do except maybe try and wedge something back there to keep it from moving.

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It needs to be more then hand tight. You will not strip it or break it unless you have a cheap shower head or the elbow in the wall is improperly installed. You also need to be careful not to damage the finish though.
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if you tefloned the new male end go in to hand tight then half turn for tight ....that isn't pressured water it is flowing when used i woud do a full turn if it is on the cold or hot supplies below that are pressured in the off position
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