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Plumber's putty?

Weezie5330's picture

I have an older house (1950's). Trying to fix leaky faucet in shower. It appears to be CEMENTED into the wall. I'm sure that's not really the case, but I can't get it out for love nor money! Is it petrified plumber's putty? I've taken a hammer and chisel to it, but this is wearing me out. Anyone have any ideas to make it easier?

There's no telling what might (post #216356, reply #1 of 6)

There's no telling what might have been used.  Could be a hardened plumber's putty (though the old stuff was beeswax-based IIRC, and not apt to harden that much).  It could be any of a number of different cement/plaster materials, very likely something along the line of tile "thinset".  You can be releatively confident, though, that it's not epoxy.


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Very possible.  I've worked (post #216356, reply #2 of 6)

Very possible.  I've worked on half a dozen old houses where the shower faucet was plastered in place.  We just tear the whole shower out and start over especially as the pipes are usually black iron and in bad shape.

Florida Licensed Building Contractor, 50 years experience in commercial remodeling, new homes, home remodeling and repairs and all types building maintenance.

How about using an (post #216356, reply #3 of 6)

How about using an oscillating multi tool on it.

A Dremel with a grinder bit (post #216356, reply #4 of 6)

A Dremel with a grinder bit would likely work pretty well.


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

Only if your time had no (post #216356, reply #6 of 6)

Only if your time had no value.  A Dremel with many grinding blades would take hours to cut a faucet out. 

Florida Licensed Building Contractor, 50 years experience in commercial remodeling, new homes, home remodeling and repairs and all types building maintenance.

uhoh.. (post #216356, reply #5 of 6)

It may well be time to start over  With pipes that old be prepared for possibly bad findings. Let us know how it works out.

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