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    Stand down

    Thanks to all; I called the plumber in, and he actually had the proper adapter. It's not an identical fit, but with a wad of teflon tape it will do.
    Problem solved, pretty much.
    Thanks!
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    The hole in the wall is snug around the pipe so...

    The hole in the wall is snug around the pipe so that I can't see, but the way it looks and feels I doubt if it is just an adapter. Does anyone have an idea what a machine shop would charge to make...
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    All I can tell you is that this is undoubtedly...

    All I can tell you is that this is undoubtedly not the standard 1/2" thread; standard modern shower heads do not fit. It is inside a wall; it may not have started that way (the wall may have been...
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    We may be reaching the limits of my knowledge...

    We may be reaching the limits of my knowledge (easily done); it definitely does not fit the 1/2" thread on a standard shower head. Is the 1/2" pipe thread different from that? If so, is there...
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    No camera cable

    That's a good idea. Unfortunately, I'm up here on vacation; I brought my digital camera, but not the cable to get the picture into my computer. I can tell you, however, that the shower arm looks...
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    5/8" fine shower arm

    Well, yes and no; there is no remnant, the arm very definitely ends in a 5/8" fine thread. There is an adapter that goes to the old head that appears to be 7/8" coarse (I haven't measured, but it is...
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    old shower pipe thread

    My in-laws own a really nice lake cabin that dates from the mid-30s; the shower head recently fell apart. I now find that the shower arm ends in a
    5/8'' male fine thread, while all available shower...
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