Shower Head Neck Won't Stop Leaking


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Old 06-07-08, 10:22 AM
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Angry Shower Head Neck Won't Stop Leaking

I just replaced the fixtures in my shower and I'm having a problem getting the shower head neck to seal. It started with the joint at the head. First I used Teflon tape, but it still leaked. Then I tried thread joint compound; still leaked. I thought it might be the neck itself because the threads were cut rather shallow. So I went and picked up another neck. Now it's leaking on both ends. I used joint compound on the end going into the wall and tightened it well. Still leaked.

I'm at my wits end. Does anyone have any suggestions?
 
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Old 06-18-08, 01:08 PM
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Old 06-18-08, 02:55 PM
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When you say " neck " --you are talking about the short pipe that goes into the wall & screws into the vertical pipe in the wall??
What material is the " neck " made of ? Galv. ? Plastic ?
The vertical pipe in the wall is made of what material??
Can you upload photo on image shack or photobucket & post here................
 
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Old 06-18-08, 04:48 PM
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It could be that you overtightened it and the fitting in the wall has cracked and will need to be replaced.
 
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Old 06-21-08, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by j HOWARD View Post
When you say " neck " --you are talking about the short pipe that goes into the wall & screws into the vertical pipe in the wall??
What material is the " neck " made of ? Galv. ? Plastic ?
The vertical pipe in the wall is made of what material??
Can you upload photo on image shack or photobucket & post here................

Yes, that's what I'm talking about. It is steel. I'll take a pic and upload it this weekend.
 
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Old 06-21-08, 11:14 AM
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It could be that you overtightened it and the fitting in the wall has cracked and will need to be replaced.
It's definitely not cracked. The primary leak was the joint where the shower head screws on to the pipe. The joint at the wall was fine. When I switched out the pipe with a new one, I tightened it just a bit more thand hand-tight. Hardly enough force to crack cast brass.
 
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Old 06-21-08, 11:46 AM
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Could it be cross threaded?

These parts are usually made of brass. That is why I asked about tightening too much. As brass gets old it becomes brittle. The neck piece should be chrome plated brass.
 
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Old 06-21-08, 11:53 AM
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Could it be cross threaded?

These parts are usually made of brass. That is why I asked about tightening too much. As brass gets old it becomes brittle. The neck piece should be chrome plated brass.
The brass elbow is new. I just installed everything from the floor up.

Here are the pics...

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y27...Img_2870_1.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y27...Img_2869_1.jpg
 
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Old 06-21-08, 12:02 PM
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Ok, maybe its me, but I never saw a drop ear elbow for a shower with wrench flats on the outside like that.

No expert, just sayin.....never saw one like that.
 
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Old 06-21-08, 12:25 PM
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It depends on the brand. I have seen drop ear 90's like that before If it properly screwed in there should never be a need for it.
 
 

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