Shower Arm Replacement
I was only trying to replace the showerhead. It was really stuck and the entire shower arm started moving. I gave up on the shower head until I could ask someone at work if he had any ideas to get it loose but when I tested the shower I discovered a leak from behind the wall. I figured that the threads for the shower arm just needed plumbers tape so I twisted the arm off. Unfortunately, it wasn't the threads at all. The actual welded joint back past the threads broke loose and I pulled the entire thing out. Is it possible for a plumber to clean up the pipe and weld a new arm in place without ripping out the tile and wall board? Is there anyone on here from the Baltimore, MD area who can do this? Let me know ASAP.
SPEDRICK - hi, I'm guessing what's happened is the soldered joint has broken loose. Plumbing pipes normally are soldered, not welded. Now - for someone to fix it, they'll have to get access to the joint so it can be inspected, cleaned up, and properly prepped for re-soldering. I'd guess, from your description, that it'd be easier to go in through the wall behind where the shower piping is contained. Hopefully, it's not an outside wall or else they'll have to go in through the bathroom side of the wall. Depending on how much room the person has in which to work, the hole made in the wall could be fairly large. They'll need to be able to get the torch inside to heat the joint as they solder, plus they'll need enough clearance to prevent starting a fire. A plumber may be your best bet in case there's other problems discovered while examining the shower piping. Good luck - regards! Jim D/West Point, VA