The neck pipe for my shower was made of plastic - I say "was" because
it just snapped off this past weekend. The problem is the plastic
snapped right where it threaded into the brass pipe inside the wall,
so there's nothing to grip to back the broken piece out of the
threads. Worse yet, the pipe dope the PO (previous owner) used is so
solid and dried that it's as though the two pipes have bonded to each
other even though they're made of different materials.
I'm at a loss as to what to use to back this little piece out of the
brass pipe. Anyone have experience with this?
If you are reasonably skilled in using a propane torch and have one,
you should be able to heat things up and remove the plastic pipe. If
you don't have a propane torch, then the extractor idea seems like the
way to go.
Wish I had known those existed several years ago when it happened to me,
in a rental apartment. I did it the old fashioned way, sawing slots on
the inside of the broken-off nipple with a hacksaw blade, until I could
get a sliver to grasp with vise-grips to spin it back out. Luckily there
were enough threads left in the elbow in the wall that the new shower
arm (a real one, this time) still made a leak-proof seal. Used lots of
teflon tape on that one, though.
If you have a steady hand, you could use a Dremel with an appropriate
bit to cut away some of the plastic to weaken it.
Cut a "groove" (or grooves) almost all the way through the plastic,
maybe at 3 o'clock and 6 o'clock, and then use a small screwdriver or
awl in between the plastic and metal to crack it out.
I'd hold my shop vac hose as close to the opening as possible so that
the pieces don't fall back into the pipe.
Risky, but doable.
Cut a couple of slots with a hacksaw blade in the plastic pipe at
180deg to one another. Try to not cut QUITE through to avoid damaging
the female threads. You should be able to break out the two halves
with a hammer & a small screwdriver. It all rather depends on how
long the broken bit is.
Failing that, apply heat and have a large screwdriver ready to jam in
the hole and unscrew it. Just make sure there's nothing nearby to
damage with the heat. Electric heat gun might be the thing if you
have, or can borrow one.
You can get a "nipple extractor" for $5.00 at the lawn and garden /
plumbing section. When I have an irrigation sprinkler break off in the
fitting, this is what I use. Tape it in slightly and turn it out.
re: "Tape it in slightly and turn it out. "
Tape it in or tap it in?
I've never used one, so that's a quasi-serious question.
I assume you meant "tap", but I won't be surprised if I'm wrong.
No he was right...you tape it in... tape it in lightly with a hamr...then
fist it out....ROFL
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