I read the "I want to weld…now what" thread and it got me to thinking
about a project I need to work on.
I'm restoring an old Victorian house. Back then there were several
plumbing fixture manufactures but there were no standards. They all
used there own thread sizes so you would have to come back to them for
parts. I've bought some vintage faucets but none of the threads are ½
inch or ¾ inch or anything like that. My thought was to cut the
threads off the old faucets and weld on threads from a modern faucet.
I'm talking about the threads that are under the sink were the supply
line screws on. Neither the threads or the weld will be visible above
The threaded part is roughly 3 inches long. The faucets are nickel
plated brass. One is solid nickel. I'm wondering if the heat of the
weld will tarnish or discolor the nickel plating. The weld would be
about an inch and a half from the visible nickel plating.
Also, what would be the best way to weld brass. I have access to
oxy-acetylene and an arc welder at work. I took welding in shop during
high school so I have some experience but I am a novice. The welds
will not have to support much at all.
The heat of welding, brazing, etc will destroy any fancy finishes. Take the
faucet to any good machine shop. They should be able to make a custom
coupling for you from brass (?) that could thread onto your original and
receive a short section of the new.
Keep the whole world singing. . . .
Can you tap internal threads; maybe 1/4" NPT, and screw in a brass close
Oxy-propane or oxy-acetylene with a very small tip. Maybe a 000 welding
tip. Use silver solder with a high silver content, and use lots of flux.
I think it's basicly a bad idea, but the worst that will happen is you ruin
the fixtures. You can polish the nickel finish if it discolors, assuming
it really is nickel and is not laquered.
Wrap the upper part of the faucet with a wet cloth to protect it a little
Thanks for the feedback. I didn't expect any glowing recomendations on
this idea but you've got to start somewhere. One of the sets of
faucets are not in the best of shape, so if I do try this I will start
with them. They have been cleaned so many times the nickel plating has
worn away in places. The 1887 set are solid nickel and pretty cool. I
would hate to ruin those. Having a machine shop tap (or is it die?)
new threads is a good idea. I hadn't thought of that.
I had a friend restore an old wood cook stove, and he had all the metal
parts and bolts nickel plated. The stove looked great, till he left it
outside in the rain (while waiting for the cottage to be
finished)...anyways, it tarnished the finish, but can't remember if he was
able to polish it back.
The reason for all this is to let you know you can get things nickel plated.
Thanks for the info. What I've learned from doing restoration on this
1895 Victorian is that if you have the moeny you can get ANYTHING
done. The faucets are a small part of a very large project. For people
like me (non-millionairs), the least expensive way is often the best
when it comes to non-structual things. I really do appriciate the
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