The house is about 35 years old... and the shower heads require replacement.
comng out of the wall does not have a threaded end but ends directly in the
that the shower head covers.
Is there a retrofit kit that would allow me to cut off the pipe extending from
and convert it into a threaded end in order to install a new aftermarket shower
Can it be assumed due to the age of the house and type of pipe, that this has
soldered into the feed pipe inside the wall cavity or are all types of pipe
And if threaded, what are the chances of unscrewing this from the wall and
it out in one piece so a replacement can be installed??
I hate to create more work for myself,, and 35 year old plumbing doesn't like
Any suggestions are appreciated !!!
Thanks in advance !!
The whole arm _should_ unscrew right behind the wall. Or to make it
easier, you've got a nut that you're not telling us about on the tube
behind the knob that'll screw onto an adapter available at a good
hardware store. Tom
No Nuts !! I mean on the pipe... the knob is round, it's a single piece
all the way into the wall. Inspected it pretty closely, ran a fingernail
for a separation.... none.... one solid piece. I'm thinking this is
as old as the house (35 years) and wondering if back at that time they
were still soldering stuff into the pipes or if this was threaded in.
Either way, I'm trying to avoid messing with a pipe that hasn't been touched
period of time. so is there a retrofit kit that would allow me to cut the pipe
of the wall and attach a threaded end ( soldering is okay with me.).
What's the pipe made of? Chrome-plated steel or brass? If so, it's not
soldered. I think the only common thing that's soldered is copper (maybe
brass), but certainly not chrome or galvanized iron.
Anyway, yes there are kits. These kits consist of 1) hacksaw and 2)
right-sized die for threading.
Thanks !!! That's what I'm looking for !! I just put a wrench on the pipe
if it would move... looks like it's in pretty tight.. so I'll just mess with it
Thanks again for your help !!
if the flow from the shower arm is good, you may get away with an
adapter. otherwise the old arm may be threaded and may with some
persuasion unscrew from the female elbow fitting in the wall. shower
arms come in different lengths and angles. use teflon tape with a new
arm. if you break the shower arm, you might remove the tub spout and
replace it with a tub spout with lift up diverter, handheld shower
massage. if you do, you would seal the top shower arm perhaps with a
rubber pipe end cap with screw clamp. look at escutcheons to correct
any appearance concerns.
CHROME DIE CAST ZINC DIVERTER TUB SPOUT
Chrome Diverter Tub Spout - Die-Cast Zinc - For 1/2 Or 3/4" Pipe
Thread - Includes 1/2" MIP Hand Shower Fitting
My apartment had the same;I just put a channel-lock wrench on the
pipe,unscrewed it and replaced it with a new one having the proper threads
I bought from K-mart.No leaks.
I also used The Incredible Head,a wonderful,inexpensive low-flow shower
head.Total cost was about $12,IIRC.
If the pipe is long enough,you could probably cut off the ball and rethread
the stub left.
You'd have to rent a pipe threading tool and die(set).
You could cut an access hole in the back side of the wall and look.
Just patch it up afterwards as you would any other hole.
he can probably access the pipe from the other side of the wall,too.
In case of breaks.
I had the same issue and forcibly unscrewing the shower arm caused the
threaded end to break in the fitting. I had to use an internal extractor to
remove the broken stub in order to be able to install a new shower arm.
You may be luckier but I don't think you would likely need to open the wall.
Okay.... got everything out...I used a bolt penetrating oil PB Blaster and
on the pipe connection. Did this in two bathrooms, the pipes came out
PIcking up new shower arms and nozzles tomorrow... ( thanks for the low flow
Thanks for all the helpful hints... it wasn't half as bad as I expected,
just gun shy (or rusted bolt shy) from working on cars and outdoor equipment,
golly gee I've had my share of busted off stuff in inaccessible places. Didn't
break into a wall right before Christmas as company is expected.
Thanks again all for your help and have a happy holiday !!
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