Teflon tape

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Old 10-18-01, 03:46 PM
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I'm replacing my showerhead and cannot get the teflon tape to work on the arm. I cleaned the threads then carefully wrapped the tape around the threads at least 3 times clockwise. I've tried twice now but still have a small leak when the water is turned on. I even tried to tighten it with a channel lock to no avail. Should I try joint compound? Maybe that would work better.

It's just a slow drip and probably doesn't matter since it's going directly into the shower, but my point is it should not leak--what am I doing wrong?

I have some plumbing projects I would like to tackle, but I would first like to know that I can do something as simple as this!

 
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Old 10-18-01, 03:56 PM
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take a pair of needle nose and pull the flow restrictor out of the shower head if you havent already, this will reduce the residual back pressure that generates around the threaded connection.also be sure the little washer is still in tact. the threads on the shower arm(male) are not tapered
and do not self seal. wrap the teflon tape again and snug about 6 times. if you have to, use the tape in combination with teflon fortified pipe dope.
 
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