Pipe Dope

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Old 02-17-04, 11:58 AM
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Pipe Dope

The use of pipe dope was mentioned on a previous question, which raises another question from me.

I have seen it used in my house in several places such as connecting the shower head. How do you disconnect a pipe dope connection? For instance when I want to replace the shower head.
 
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Old 02-17-04, 12:21 PM
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The same it was put on, you unscrew it.
 
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Old 02-18-04, 12:39 PM
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I think I know what you mean. There are some pipe sealers (not really pipe dope) that freeze the fitting on. In a case like that you would have to find a solvent or do some repipe.

Pipe dope does not do that. It would have just the opposite effect .
 
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Some pipe joint compounds over years will harden and make removal of threaded items hard to move.



I use Megaloc teflon thread sealant along with teflon tape on showerheads; the shower arm threads are usually shallow and it is sometimes very hard to get a water tight connection on these shower arms.
 
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The smart A** in me would tell you -- "What Ron said -- you UNscrew it!!"

But you're right -- some pipe dopes DO harden with age. Therefore, you get a bigger wrench!
 
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Old 02-19-04, 10:43 AM
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Mike, AKA Lefty

It sounded logical to me
 
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Old 02-19-04, 09:52 PM
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Ron,

What can I say -- it sounded logical to me too. And if a bigger wrench doesn't work, get a bigger cheater!!!!

My Dad broke a Rigid pipe wrench once -- HOW?? I don't know. Took it back to get it replaced. The guy at the counter simply asked him how big of a cheater he was using. Not sure what Dad told him, but he DID get a new wrench, at no cost.

But it's like I've said forever -- I can't AFFORD the CHEAP tools!!

Mike
 
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Old 02-20-04, 06:43 AM
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I have several bent pipe wrenches, never have broken one.
Can you say busted knuckles when you would break one.
 
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Old 02-21-04, 05:14 PM
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notuboo,

I don't think it was just the knuckles -- probably both HANDS!!
 
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Old 02-21-04, 05:24 PM
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My Dad and I once broke a 1" drive Craftsman socket while taking the rollers off of a D7 Cat. We had about 10' of cheater pipe and both of us (~450#) hanging on the pipe.

The guy at Sears gave us a new socket then said "I'm not supposed to ask, but HOW did you do that??!!" Pop gave him a grin and said "Beats me, the damn thing just broke"
 
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Old 02-21-04, 05:31 PM
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Dave,

That's probably about what dad told the guy too. I have no idea how long the cheater was, or how many guys he had hanging on the end of it!!
 
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Old 02-22-04, 07:33 AM
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Back to the pipe dope

Fir a shower head, simply use teflon tape instead of the dope.

fred
 

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Old 02-22-04, 08:17 AM
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I use pipe dope once in a while, it can be used on a shower arm, tapered threads are tapered threads, it will seal with one or the other. It does not really matter.
 
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