Chrome Shower head attachment

31 Aug 2006
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United Kingdom
Hi, I recently bought a Merck shower head, like this:

which came supplied with a compression elbow, one arm of which is 15mm, fair enough. But the larger olive measures about 18mm internal diameter, and seems very loose on the 15mm chromed pipe. I hand-tightened it, and it simply fell off.

My question is, would a couple of turns with a spanner be enough to secure a watertight fit, or do I need some sort of adapter, or do I need to wrap some PTFE tape round the olive?


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If the olive is of the correct size then you would presume finger tight and a nip with a spanner would suffice. However some of the copper olives are very hard and crap. So i would suggest you apply some jointing compound and give it a good tighten. Or throw the olive away and get a brass one.

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