Install new shower head but it leaks


Old 02-05-05, 11:10 AM
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Install new shower head but it leaks

I'm trying to install a new Peerless shower head. I removed the old one, cleaned off the old teflon tape, rewrapped the threads with the new teflon tape (I went around the threads at least 8 times) and turned on the shower. Water immediately started to trickle out of the connection. I tightened it more and it still is trickling. Then I put a rag over the fixture, to protect it, and used pliers to tighten it further and it still leaks. I don't think I can tighten it any more than I already have. What do I need to try next?
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Old 02-05-05, 11:51 AM
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That is way too much teflon tape, which won't allow it to seal all the way onto the threads, which is why it's leaking.
You only need 2-3 flat wraps of teflon tape near the end of the shower arm threads (wrapped clockwise only as the threaded end faces you).
You should be able to use an adjustable wrench on the showerhead flat sides.
Good Luck!
Old 02-05-05, 12:09 PM
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Thank you. I'll redo it and see what happens.
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Originally Posted by Rochelle View Post
Thank you. I'll redo it and see what happens.
I'm also trying to install a Peerless shower head. I inserted the gasket into the shower head, wrapped teflon tape around the threads 3 times but it continues to leak. The package says to hand tight only. I tightened it as tight as I could by hand then tried pliers...still leaks. I tried re-wrapping it a few times. What next?
Old 09-05-09, 02:59 PM
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Sometimes there is a rubber gasket. Sometimes it is just defective and nothing can fix it. Taking it back where you bought it and trading it for one of the same may not help if it is from the same lot. Of course you need to be sure the threads on the shower arm are good and there are no deep scratches perpendicular to the threads.

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