removing old, really stubborn shower head

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  1. roar

    roar .38 Special

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    Does anyone have any tips for removing a really old shower head? I have removed some of the plumbers tape/putty stuff from the threads, but the shower head still isn't budging. Have already tried WD-40 and paint thinner to try to weaken the seal, but no good.

    No jokes about putting more muscle into it please :supergrin:
     
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    Cinic Spongy Member

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    Is it worth trying to remove the arm and get a new one to install with the new head? They're not terribly expensive and it's better than breaking the pipes behind the wall by using more muscle.
     

  3. roar

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    You know, I thought of that and I will probably just do that. I was worried about causing some damage to the pipes.

    Any other tips are still welcome.
     
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    Some heat maybe? I'm talking torch.
     
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    Channel lock pliers. Make sure you have them turned the right way where the teeth are biting into the shower head. Pull just slightly and it's coming off rather it wants to or not.

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    Make sure to use 2 wrenches one to hold the arm one to remove old head. Be careful you may crush the arm. Old plumbing is the worst.
     
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    +1 for a MAPP (or propane) torch and channel locks
     
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    3 in 1 high performance penentrant spray will loosen this
     
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    Come on, this is Glocktalk. Rusty Pliers.

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    I split the pipe fitting inside the wall when changing my old shower head. The plumber had to go through a wall inside a hall closet to solder a new fitting. The hole is still in the closet wall but you can't see it when the closet door is closed. I have since changed the shower head another time without breaking anything.
     
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    A Dremel Tool with a cut off wheel might be able to cut most of the way through the old shower head at it's threads. Don't cut all the way through. That should loosen it up.
     
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    I tried using regular pliers and the shower head wasn't going to move at all. I don't know where my channel lock pliers are unfortunately.

    Don't have a torch and not too keen on using one anyways.

    I had removed the shower head at the joint and was planning on just buying a new joint piece and attaching the new head to that, but then put it back on so I could shower tonight before work...

    I will probably just go that route, hopefully tomorrow.

    thanks for all the tips everybody
     
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    mnglocker Rope Czar

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    +3 or 3.5 for all these. The smoke wrench and channel locks are your friend for stuborn plumbing.
     
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    I don't know that I would use a torch, unless you are damned careful, but even applying heat for a while with a hair dryer will cause the metal to expand a bit. If you are worried about the pipe, use two pipe wrenches: One on the pipe and the other on the shower head. If you set them up right in relation to each other, you protect the pipe and you'll be able to simply squeeze the two handles towards each other. You can apply a hell of a lot of force that way. Eric
     
  16. jame

    jame I don't even know....what I'm doing here....

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    Hit it with WD40 and walk away.

    The next day, walk in, reach up, and unscrew it.

    Make things easy for yourself.