02:36PM | 11/18/06
Member Since: 11/17/06
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The shower arm was plastic and broke. Why are these made of cheap plastic? The break is flush with the copper pipe. Any suggestions on how to remove?/ without damaging the copper pipe. I have purchased a new steel pipe to replace, which I think I can do once the broken piece is removed. I have tried to get something behind the pipe and tried to unscrew it from behind. Also, I have tried to break the remaining piece, but I am afraid of damaging the pipe or getting a piece stuck down the long shower pipe. Ideas?



doug seibert

03:22PM | 11/18/06
Member Since: 08/10/02
843 lifetime posts
I've used an inexpensive tool for landscape sprinkler repair

to remove the plastic nipple....looks like a T-handle with an easy-out attached...

I think you'll have problems with galvanic action/corrosion if you use the galvanized in direct contact with the copper........

"...measure once.....cut twice....throw that one away and cut a new one...."


06:19AM | 11/19/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1548 lifetime posts
Buy a 1/2" pipe extractor (also known as an easy out)

Or you can do like I do and use a hack saw blade and very, very carefully cut the broken threads NOT going to deep as to damage the female threads and use an old flat screw driver to chisel out the remaining threads


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