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Old 05-19-2019, 05:11 PM   #1
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Shower Drop Ear Elbow for extended heads

Hi All: Working through my Schlueter shower install, and I have a quick question regarding the size of the 1/2" drop ear elbow for the shower. My shower stem is rather long and the head has some mass to it as well. Seems I am asking a lot of the rather small drop ear elbow (sweat) purchased at Home Depot. Are there other options to beef up support? I've searched the web with no luck, but I may not be using the right search criteria. Thanks..... Dave
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Old 05-19-2019, 05:17 PM   #2
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Welcome, Dave.

If you properly fasten the ears to the wall framing, your drop el should be fine. But, then, I don't know what you consider "rather long" nor "some mass," eh?

Drilling the exit hole in the wallboard and tile and caulking around the gap around the pipe can help reduce the strain on the plumbing elbow.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Old 05-19-2019, 07:37 PM   #3
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I’ve seen all copper sweat/sweat drop ear elbows, but they’re somewhat unusual in this area. The usual type I use is brass sweat/threaded (FIP) with a fairly substantial molded mounting ears. I doubt your shower arm is long enough to get enough leverage to damage the elbow. Even with a really long arm and a heavy head, I bet you break the arm at the threading before you’d break the elbow. My suggestion is not to do pull-ups or swing from the thing.
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When you attach it to the framing, use deck screws, NOT drywall screws.
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Thanks Kman, Gozo, and cx for the replies. My stem is about 12" long and when addding the 6" diameter head the whole thing weights about 1.5lbs. Correct in not doing pull-ups on the stem..... I do have the brass (sweat) drop elbow with the ears, but the ears just seem a bit undersized IMHO. I may check the web for an elbow with a bit more substance. I like your suggestion cx for a tight hole at the finished tile to relive the tension on the threaded elbow. All good ideas and suggestions.... much appreciated.
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:35 AM   #6
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Something like this with a reinforced mounting base might give you peace of mind. Not sure, though, if this allows for sweat connection on the inlet side. You might have to find a different one that does.

https://www.grainger.com/product/VIE..._vc=IDPPLARECS
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Maybe use ss washers when attaching the drop elbow to distribute the load over a larger area of the ears?
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Old 05-20-2019, 12:23 PM   #8
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Wolfgang, that one would never work. The inlet portion is pointed up. He needs one that points down.

Dave. I've put a good amount of pressure on those elbows while tightening up the shower arm. Always worried about one snapping, but it never happened.

They're actually pretty sturdy, and deck screws hold them in place pretty well.
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