Newly installed shower leaks


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Old 11-20-19, 10:02 AM
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Newly installed shower leaks

Newly installed shower leaks where the chrome pipe that the shower head attaches to screws into a copper fitting in the wall. Have tried joint compound and joint tape - still leaks. I can't tighten it super tight as the bend in the chrome pipe needs to point down. Any ideas?
 
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Old 11-20-19, 10:05 AM
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Add a generous amount of tfe paste to the Teflon tape.
 
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Old 11-20-19, 10:14 AM
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Hand tight is never enough. However too tight and you won't get it to lineup. Take it off. Wrap about two to three layers of Teflon tape and then smear on some TFE paste. Slowly begin to thread on the goose neck, careful not to cross thread. You should be able tell when you can make that last revolution to get it tight and aligned.

I'm assuming the wall is finished and you don't have access to the copper pipe coming up the wall.
 
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Old 11-20-19, 11:16 AM
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The wall is finished, but I left an access panel on the other side of the wall, so I can get to the back side of it.
 
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Old 11-20-19, 11:22 AM
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In that case if you need just that little bit of extra 1/8 to 1/4 turn, have an accomplice hold the pipe with a wrench as you tighten it that little bit.
 
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Old 11-20-19, 11:25 AM
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I'll try the TFE paste in combination with Teflon tape and see how it goes. Thanks!
 
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Old 11-23-19, 02:01 AM
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TFE paste and Teflon tape worked perfectly. No more leaking. Thanks for the advice!
 
 

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