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        I am changing my showerhead. I was able to remove the old showerhead but not able to remove all the Teflon tape on the pipe. So far, I have tried these methods. Remove with my hand, use fingernails to get into grooves, use a toothpick..no luck. Used a thin knife...no luck Rubbed with steel wool hoping some of it would get into the grooves. Rubbed with cleanser thinking some of the cleanser powder would get into the grooves.

        I have read that it is important to get down to the bare metal before installing a new showerhead. I wish there was something I can spray to dissolve it. Is there?
         
        Posts: 4 | Registered: Dec 24, 2009Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        You can try some WD40 and a nylon scrubbie - but frankly there is no reason to do this. The purpose to removing all the old tape is to keep the old from bunching up on the new. However, remnants of the old tape that are stuck on that well will not hurt anything. You have cleaned it already more than enough, put on another layer of Teflon tape and put things back together, it will work fine.


        Jaybee
         
        Posts: 10479 | Location: Knoxville, Tennessee | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Thank you! Smile
         
        Posts: 4 | Registered: Dec 24, 2009Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        A few swipes with an old tooth brush would have removed it.
        Now you have metal flakes that are going to rust from the steel wool and grit from the cleaner in the threads.


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        Posts: 18039 | Location: Hartfield VA | Registered: Jan 31, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Maybe but a quick wipe with a damp rag and taping {I use old school paste} and a quick test and you may be home Scott free. Cool


        Popeye only reached for the Spinach can as a last resort...
         
        Posts: 1578 | Location: Central Pennsylvania | Registered: Jun 02, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        jeeeez.....a damp rag..toothbrush, sponge..

         
        Posts: 4089 | Location: I live in southern mississippi | Registered: Jun 01, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Awful lot going on in that shower. May end up looking like Curley plumbing in the bathroom, soon to be in the basement. Using that dang "water letter outer" can be dangerous to your health. Big Grin

        PS A real hoot watching Wall St types backpedal over Phil's comments. Not really a fan of any "reality" show, including DD. We all know they list writers in the credits. Wonder what they write, a script and plotline methinks. But Phil should have the right to say what he wants and if that affects his TV show, so be it. But he still can say it. As I agree with what he presents on that issue. Others will disagree and that is fine as well.
        Have a great last Saturday of 2013, another day closer to spring. Big Grin


        Popeye only reached for the Spinach can as a last resort...
         
        Posts: 1578 | Location: Central Pennsylvania | Registered: Jun 02, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        It is fixed. Thank you one and all.
         
        Posts: 4 | Registered: Dec 24, 2009Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Razz Joy joy Good to hear.


        Popeye only reached for the Spinach can as a last resort...
         
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