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jestrs

05:43PM | 05/09/06
Member Since: 05/08/06
1 lifetime posts
My shower arm broke off in the 1/2" pipe from the wall. How do I get the threaded piece out of the pipe? It broke off at the threads. Thank you.

doug seibert

03:06AM | 05/10/06
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
You're looking for a tool like these to remove the broken shower arm.......the first one PROBABLY won't work because the elbow is too short to allow the extractor to enter far enough to engage.........

http://www.plumbingsupply.com/extractors.html

jamesb05

09:04AM | 08/28/08
Member Since: 08/27/08
1 lifetime posts
I had this same problem. ez outs and internal pipe wrenches did not work for me. they kept stripping and wouldn't grab the broken threads. I wasn't very keen on using a hacksaw as another user suggested. what DID work for me was a 1/2" pipe tap. these are made to cut threads into unthreaded pipes. i just attached it to a socket wrench and went to town. it cut the broken threads right out and kept the female piece intact. this tool cost me about 20 bucks and saved me the cost of hiring someone to cut out my wall and replace the pipes inside it. USE THE PIPE TAP!! IT'S AWESOME!!!

DEMCDANIEL

05:44AM | 08/18/09
Member Since: 08/17/09
1 lifetime posts
I ALSO HAVE HAD THE PROBLEM OF THE SHOWER ARM BREAKING OFF AT THE THREADS INSIDE OF THE IRON RISER PIPE. I TRIED MANY

OF THE SOLUTIONS I FOUND ON THE INTERNET WITHOUT SUCCESS.

WHILE SEARCHING FOR PIPE EXTRACTORS, I CAME ACROSS THE HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS WEBSITE WHICH SELLS A DRILLMASTER PIPE NIPPLE EXTRACTOR SET, ITEM NUMBER 93822, FOR $5.99 PLUS SHIPPING. SINCE THERE IS A HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS NEARBY, I WENT TO THE STORE AND PURCHASED THE TOOL FOR $7.99 PLUS TAX. IT WORKED LIKE A CHARM! IT IS A SET BUT YOU ONLY NEED THE 1/2 INCH EXTRACTOR FOR THIS JOB. USE A 3/4 INCH SOCKET AND YOU MAY HAVE TO ENLARGE THE HOLE IN THE GROUT BASE SLIGHTLY TO ACCEPT THE SOCKET. I ALSO USED A T-HANDLE IN ORDER TO APPLY THE TORQUE EVENLY. IT TOOK A BIT OF STRENGTH TO GET THE BROKEN PIECE STARTED, BUT ONCE STARTED IT CAME OUT WITHOUT DAMAGING THE IRON RISER PIPE THREADS.

http://www.harborfreight.com/5-piece-pipe-nipple-extractor-set-93822.html

lithops3

07:18AM | 11/27/10
Member Since: 11/26/10
2 lifetime posts
Seems like the broken shower arm is a fairly common problem. WTF? no 5/8" nipple extractors on the market?

I saw this suggestion from another post and it worked like a charm, after half the day was spent trying to use 1/2 inch nipple extractors (Harbor Freight/Home Depot), hacksawing the broken threads out, nothing was working.

Buy an Irwin or Hanson EX-7 Spiral screw extractor #7 Part number 53407.

http://www.amazon.com/53407-EX7-SCREW-EXTRACTOR-INDUSTRIAL/dp/B000GAWYKI

I found mine at Ace hardware in WA state. Call ahead as its not a very common part, note that Home Depot did not sell these. If the pipe on the other side of the broken threads is long enough, just tap in the extractor and twist with a crecent wrench, this tool will pull the broken threads right out. My job was such that there was a 90 degree turn right behind the broken threads, i had to cut the #7 extractor with a dremel, not as bad as you think, it only burned through 2 heavy duty cut off wheels, took about 5 minutes to get thru.

Do yourself a favor, track down this tool and save yourself hours of frustration.

Fix-it Chick
11185 fix that works

LarryG

07:54AM | 11/27/10
Member Since: 07/22/04
649 lifetime posts
excellent.

You're hired.

BV010440

03:41PM | 02/09/16
I also tried all the extractors at Home Depot, none of them worked.
After thinking all night I came up with what I think is the easiest method, I took a standard flat file and lightly tapped it into the broken pipe and turned the nipple out. If the file spins inside of the broken nipple just give the end of the file a couple more light taps

BV011969

12:36PM | 06/16/16
Hands down the tapered 10" file worked perfectly! Forget all the other tools! Thanks for the help!!
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BV019176

11:57PM | 04/27/19
Super suggestion on the file! I had purchased the nipple extractor kit after failing to get one from Ace Hardware. It did not work. Read about the file. 5 minutes later all fixed! THANKS for an awesome suggestion.

BV019348

10:35PM | 05/20/19
How old is everyone's plumbing? I'm worried I'll break something further

BV019521

07:17PM | 06/13/19
I tried a tapered file; small, cheap nipple extractors; longer 1/2 and 3/4 inch ones that did not fit. Fix-it Chick's idea of cutting the 1/2 inch extractor was brilliant.


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