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 how to remove thread seal tape?
Author: bcomp (TX)

Hi all. My husband and I just bought a house and we're trying to replace the outdated shower head. No luck so far though. The old shower head won't budge. Can anyone tell me how to remove the thread seal tape that seems to be locking it in place???

Thanks a bunch!

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 Re: how to remove thread seal tape?
Author: goodhands3334 (MA)

thread tape wont lock a shower head in place, its stuck on the pipe coming out of the adaptor in the wall, worst case scenario if you get a wrench on the pipe is that it will unscrew from the adaptor in the wall, if it does just get a new one and screw it back in with the new shower head, with thread tape and maybe a smidge of pipe dope

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 Re: how to remove thread seal tape?
Author: e-plumber (NY)

You need two wrenches, one to unscrew the shower head and another to hold the shower arm steady, if it snaps off in the wall it could be a mini-nightmare for you to remove the broken off piece from the female fitting in the wall. Hit it with WD-40, it may help.


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 Re: how to remove thread seal tape?
Author: Wheelchair (IL)

Most showerheads are attached to threads on shower arms. Tape should not secure, but rather watertite the fit and make it easier to loosen.

Rarely, there may be an "allen screw" offering additonal protection to hold the showerhead to the showerarm. If So, this would have to be loosen before the showerhead can be removed.

You can also remove the attached shower arm and replace both showerhead and shower arm at the same time, for appearance purposes.

Upon installing the new showerhead, you may choose to use tape or paste to seal the fit.

Best Wishes

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 Re: how to remove thread seal tape?
Author: dlh (TX)

it could be that your shower head is part of the shower arm. older set ups have this.

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 Re: how to remove thread seal tape?
Author: hj (AZ)

Depending on the manufacturer, it may not be removable.

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 Re: how to remove thread seal tape?
Author: bcomp (TX)

Thanks for the advice. Two wrenches did the trick! :clap:

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 Re: how to remove thread seal tape?
Author: goodhands3334 (MA)

one up for e-plumber, personally hate to use two wrenches because of possible marking on the pipe and shower head fitting

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