Handheld Shower Leak


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Old 06-09-06, 06:06 PM
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Handheld Shower Leak

I replaced an old (leaking) fixed shower head with a Peerless hand held shower head, and no matter what I do, I cannot stop it from leaking around the main connection (where the holder connects to the pipe that comes out of the wall). I have cleaned the threads and re-wrapped to threads, I have even removed the small-opening washer that fits there. No matter what, when the shower is used I get a serious drip (more like a flow) from around that connection. The other connection (from the holder to the flexible tube) is fine.

What am I doing wrong? Or what piece of hardware needs replaced? TIA.
 
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If that connection is plastic, it probably has a hairline crack that opens when tightened down.

I've seen this happen to brass, but on the older ones.
 
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Old 06-10-06, 05:44 AM
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Originally Posted by DUNBAR PLUMBER
If that connection is plastic, it probably has a hairline crack that opens when tightened down.

I've seen this happen to brass, but on the older ones.
No, it's metal. Both pieces (original pipe out of wall and the nut on the Peerless) are chrome. Other parts of the Peerless are plastic, but it's a metal nut that threads onto the pipe.

How many wraps of pipe tape are enough, and how many are "too much?"
 
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2 to 3 wraps is sufficient along with a smear of teflon thread sealant over the tape before reinstalling.

The teflon thread sealant is the exact same product as teflon tape. It just helps to use both because most if not all shower arm pipes have very shallow threads. I guess this has to do with cost issues from the mfg.

Whenever I do these I always use both; otherwise it results in a callback.
 
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Thanks, since I have to go get a new chain for my toilet anyway (grrrrrrrrrrr), I'll pick up some tape sealant as well tomorrow and try that.
 
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Thanks, it's working now!
 
 

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