Elbow Elbow

An elbow is designed to change the flow of water. An elbow can be used in almost any application that involves water including:

  • Pipes
  • Shower Heads
  • Superchargers
  • Intercoolers

There are also several different types of elbows that exist including:

  • Street Elbow – Your typical male to female connector.
  • Tee – Used to combine or split fluid flow.
  • Cross – Has one inlet and three outlets.
  • Cap – Covers the end of a pipe that has female threads.
  • Plug – Similar to a cap but has male threads.
  • Nipple – Pipe with two male ends.

Installing an Elbow

An elbow is very easy to install on almost everything. This example is how to install a designer elbow in a shower.

  • You will want to start by removing the shower arm flange that is there. This will give you access to the shower arm.
  • Before you unscrew the shower arm you should mark where it meets the wall.
  • After you have unscrewed the shower arm you will want to attach a ½ inch pipe nipple and use Teflon tape to wrap it. The final thing you need to do with the nipple is to put the flange on it.
  • Now you’re ready to screw on the designer elbow on to the pipe nipple.
  • Finally just cover the elbow and attach the hose.


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