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Discussion in 'Non-Music Chat' started by millario, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. millario

    millario Member

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    I'm rubbish at it.

    I have a shower with two heads. The pipe of the overhead one doesn't sit snugly into the pipe attaching it to the thermostat.

    It looks fine, but when I switch it to that head water rains out where the 2 pipes meet.

    This is a replacement shower; the first was the same model and the guy who fit it had the pipe fabricated to fit properly.

    The guy who fit this one has buggered off.

    Rather than faff around getting it fabricated (would anyone take on such a small job?) could I just use some form of sealant?

    Ta in advance.
     
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  3. Sealant won't hold high pressure water. It's for splashes etc.

    Any chance of a photo? Might just need resetting and some tape on the thread.
     
  4. millario

    millario Member

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    I'll get a photo up when I get home, ta.

    To my knowledge there isn't any thread; the 'top' pipe was just bashed into the 'bottom' pipe. Nothing to screw.
     
  5. Lavalas

    Lavalas Member

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    Well I didn't even know a shower could have two heads. Mine isn't even attached to the bloody wall. What does the other one do?
     
  6. millario

    millario Member

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    Pure frivolity, innit.

    One's a big circle overhead, t'other's your normal looking thing.
     
  7. Broady

    Broady Member

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    If you need anything fabricating feel free to give me a shout.
     
  8. millario

    millario Member

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    Ta for that. It's just those 2 pieces, in Bradford. Dead annoying but hardly worth bothering someone about
     
  9. millario

    millario Member

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    A photo of the offending pipework. The 'top bit' joins the 'bottom bit' at the 'connected to the wall' bit. That's where water rains out when I switch to the overhead shower.

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  10. dempseyleeds

    dempseyleeds Member

    Seems a bit weird that there would be a joint there. Is there any way you can take the bracket off and see what behind it.
     
  11. dempseyleeds

    dempseyleeds Member

    Seems a bit weird that there would be a joint there. Is there any way you can take the bracket off and see what behind it.
     
  12. tome

    tome Active Member

    Looks weird to me as well Matthew.

    Is that a push fit straight connector (e.g. Pegler) with screwed rod welded so it connects to the backplate on the wall. If it is push fit, either the insert is missing, damaged or the new top pipe is slightly smaller diameter.

    It's not easy fixing unusual plumbing faults on a music forum. Like stripping down a car engine stood at the bar having a pint.
     
  13. millario

    millario Member

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    The most technical way I can put it is the top pipe (the one that curves & holds the shower head) was basically bashed into the bottom, straight pipe.

    No screwing or owt, just one into the other, leaving a slight gap that water pisses out of.

    I don't think there's a part missing - the thermostat went on the first shower so they sent a whole new one. The original shower had the same fitting, & the original fitter got that bit fabricated.

    Appreciate all advice/suggestions etc.
     
  14. tome

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  16. millario

    millario Member

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    Tome, Bob, ta very much.

    The sealant thing is within my capabilities, i think.

    As mentioned earlier, water pressure may be an issue but I'll give it a go.
     
  17. tome

    tome Active Member

    Get the Sugru, that looks amazing stuff!
     
  18. dempseyleeds

    dempseyleeds Member

    If the taps are off to that shower essentially there won't be any water pressure till the sealant has hardened
     
  19. BALL OF SHIT

    BALL OF SHIT Member

    Most joints have a rubber washer and will leak if the washer is left out.
    Does it have a washer fitted already?
    (you can get them from plumber's merchants in a variety of sizes).
     
  20. millario

    millario Member

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    Nope - no washer, no nowt. Just 2 pipes, 1 bashed into the other.

    Must be a reason why neither plumber went down that avenue?

    1 had it fabricated, the other shook his head and never returned...
     
  21. BALL OF SHIT

    BALL OF SHIT Member

    Then it does sound like you need a washer of some sort.
    The shower will have been designed not to leak and most manufacturers have a technical assistance help line.
    Do you know who the manufacturer is?
     

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