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browning30
How not to damage the pipe

I need to installed and shower head pipe that has a brushed nickel surface and I don't know how to do it so the surface isn't torn up using a pipe wrench. Any suggestions would be very helpful.

function
Re: How not to damage the pipe

They make strap wrenches with rubber and cloth straps. Ask at your plumbing supply or google it.

You can always try taping the wrench or the decorative extension, but I personally have had the poor results you are trying to avoid when just taping.

dj1
Re: How not to damage the pipe

Function gave you good tips.
Some new pipes have slots to fit an adjustable wrench and to make unscrewing an easy and damage free task. Check yours, being brushed nickel, there is a good chance it has them.

browning30
Re: How not to damage the pipe
function wrote:

They make strap wrenches with rubber and cloth straps. Ask at your plumbing supply or google it.

You can always try taping the wrench or the decorative extension, but I personally have had the poor results you are trying to avoid when just taping.

Thanks for the tip. The tape idea was something I didn't think of and will give it a try. I do have a strap wrench but it seems to slip when I really tightening the pipe.

function
Re: How not to damage the pipe
browning30 wrote:

Thanks for the tip. The tape idea was something I did think of and will give it a try. I do have a strap wrench but it seems to slip when I really tightening the pipe.

Just don't curse me when if/when the teeth bite through the tape and leave a mark

browning30
Re: How not to damage the pipe
function wrote:

Just don't curse me when if/when the teeth bite through the tape and leave a mark

I did it last night and it worked fine. I put duct tape on the pipe wrench teeth AND wrapped some around the pipe. Tightened it by hand as much as I could then used the wrench for that last little bit and it came out perfect. The tape didn't leave any residue on the pipe.

I consider it a victory since I only ruined one pipe before I tried this. Thanks for the advise.

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