new shower arm tightens pointed up

Old 08-16-07, 11:28 AM
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new shower arm tightens pointed up

Ok, so I'm installing two new shower sets. On both, when the shower arm is tightened it is pointed up instead of down. Leaving it a half-turn loose is needed to have it point down. Will teflon tape or thread compound be enough to prevent leaks? Which would be better? thanks!
Old 08-16-07, 04:23 PM
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Keep in mind that unless you put one of those shut off valves at the end of the shower arm just before the shower head, or have shower head with a valve built into it, you can never have static pressure (the highest) at your shower arm, since water will either be off at the control valve or be running (dynamic pressure), which will be less. So this may ease your mind to know the pressure trying to leak out that fitting will not be as high as it could be.

That said, you can even use both tape and dope, if you wanted to. But this should suffice on it's own: Wrap several loops of tape around the threads. If not satisfied, you can always remove and wrap the number of loops that suit you to have it feel tight.

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