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    Default 3/8 inch shower arm?

    Does anyone still make one?
    I picked up an new shower head about 3 months ago after the other 6 month old fell apart in my hand, today the new one came off while I was showering and busted in the tub.
    I've had it with buying $40 dollar plastic junk shower heads every 6 months!

    I have an old metal head that is heavy and worked great, problem is it's 3/8 inch.
    I looked all over for a 1/2 female to 3/8 male reducer in chrome or even brass but can't find one.
    Any ideas?

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    Use a 1/2 x 3/8 coupling and a 3/8 nipple.

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    Thanks, but I already considered that option, it's just a Shower I know but I would still like it to at least look like it's not a drunken plumbers left over pipe grab bag.
    Chrome would be nice.

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    You stated in your post that brass would be OK.

    John

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    How about buying a nice 1/2" shower head and arm instead of the plastic ones.

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    Yes brass would be OK, but I would prefer a single piece solution.

    I have a nice shower head, thats why I'm here. I don't want to spend another 100 bucks or more for something I already have.

    Is there a chrome, I want to call it a bell reducer but I'm not sure if that's the right name for it, in the plumbing world?

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    Thats what I am finding, lots and lots of '3/8 inch' thingamajigs but no shower arms!

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    A 3/8" shower riser would usually imply that it is an "Add-a-Shower" on a leg tub faucet. Those are usually sold as a complete unit and any parts would have to be purchased from the manufacturer. WHO buys a $100.00 shower head, and I can guarantee that NO addon shower had a $100.00 head with it. IN fact, WHO would pay $40.00 for a plastic head? And if you did, and it broke that soon, you should take it back and get a better one. The only way to go from a 1//2" arm to a 3/8" head is with a 3/8x close nipple and a chrome reducing coupling. And there is NO WAY to do it without it looking like something a handyman dreamed up so he could use something he did not want to throw away.

    p.s., If you did find a 3/8" shower arm, it would probably snap off faster than that last shower head did.
    Last edited by hj; 03-07-2011 at 05:27 AM.

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    Thanks for that 'valuable' input and complete misunderstanding of the situation.
    I have a 1/2 riser behind tile, I need either a 3/8 arm with a bushing or a 1/2 to 3/8 reducer in chrome.
    Pretty simple and straight foreword.
    Clearly you haven't bought a shower head in many, many years. I suggest you drop in to your local big box store and look at not only the prices but the construction and quality of the crap being passed off today.
    Last edited by Drivesme; 03-06-2011 at 08:40 AM.

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    I don't have 3/8 in the wall, I have as I stated 1/2 in the wall. Yes I know that whats there, I installed it.
    What I do have is an old shower head with a 3/8 female connection that I would like to use again because the $40 plus (despite what smart ass hj says) shower heads are junk and I don't want to buy another one.
    What I need is either a reducer in chrome OR a 3/8 arm.
    I don't understand why this is so hard.

    Does either of those things exist or not?

    I came seeking some help and hj offers insults and belittling, is that really what this site is about because he seems to do it to most everyone.

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    I don't see a 3/8 shower arm in my books.
    I think hj nailed it he said its was from an "add on" shower kit.
    I have never seen a 3/8 shower arm, so I guess the plumbers here can't help you with that.
    As plumbers, we do know nothing is impossible, but it also may not look nice.

    I think this gets the award for the thing that can't be done without looking like a mistake.

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    I thank you for almost understanding what I have and almost helping me.

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    If you found something in brass, you could take it to a plating shop. If you weren't in a rush, since it is so small, they may throw it in with something else when they had a big job, and it might not cost you much.
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    We understand what you have, and we can't help you with that. We haven't seen a chrome plated part for that purpose that looks nice.

    And I would like a bicycle that returns my energy as I pedal, but saves it for going up hills when needed. Cherry Red would be nice.
    Last edited by Terry; 03-07-2011 at 09:12 PM.

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    You could probably cut the outside thread off the end of a 1/2" shower arm and tap a 3/8" thread onto the inside. Then all you need is a short brass 3/8" nipple.

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