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Old 02-21-2016, 08:29 PM   #1
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Remove Spout Piping from Tub Faucet


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I've got a very old tub faucet that has a galvanized pipe connection to the spout. The pipe has started to rust out. I plan to replace it with a copper pipe, but first I have to remove the old pipe. My only hesitation is that the pipe seems to have been installed with some kind of "sealant". I don't know if I need to do something special -- e.g., heat the pipe first -- before I use a pipe wrench to unscrew it from the valve body.

I've included a pic, and that creamy stuff sitting on top of 90 degree elbow is the "sealant" I've mentioned above. (Sorry about the horizontal display -- my viewer shows it vertical ...)

As always, your help is greatly appreciated.

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I would replace the whole shower valve.
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That is pipe dope---and will not stop you from unscrewing the nipple--make it easier,actually.
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I agree, and plan on doing that when the bathroom is remodeled. This is just an immediate fix ..
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oh,mike, that's what I initially thought, but it's a bit crumbly. Does pope dope turn that way (it has been 50 years ...)?

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Chalk up another + for Teflon tape. A word of caution with the tape. Some female fittings can be cracked because of a lack of friction.
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oh,mike, that's what I initially thought, but it's a bit crumbly. Does pope dope turn that way (it has been 50 years ...)?

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The old pipe dope looks exactly like that!

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don't use copper....just replace what you have with brass ..nipple and 90
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Thanks everyone! I'll let you know how it goes.

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