I'm facing a situation where no "standard" nipple will work; either
too short or too long. I can make a soldered-together nipple that
would be of the right length, but I'm concerned that the act of
screwing parts together could end up breaking the soldered joints.
So, the question:
"Can you use a soldered custom length nipple to mount a tub
If the answer is "no", are there other approaches to this problem?
Perhaps an escutcheon plate to take up the space left by a too-long
Use 2 male thread x sweat adapters and the proper length of copper in
between. You tighten it to the wall with a wrench then the spout gets
tightened via strong hand pressure, you can use a strap wrench to help you
thru the last 1/4 turn or so it needed. There is no need to crazy tighten
it, it is not a pressure connection.
There's a few places (Home Depot comes to mind) that can make custom pipe
lengths. The one near me cuts, threads, etc, to customer spec.
As a HVAC guy, I also own a pipe table, and cutter and threader.
Have a custom pipe length made to your spec.
Agree. HD here in NJ also will cut and thread to
whatever length you want. Some HD's tell you to
buy a larger nipple and they will cut it down. Others
will just use a piece of stock pipe.
However, they have a length limit, which I suspect
is going to rule that out. They use an automatic
machine and it can't do lengths shorter than maybe
a foot or so. That's where having the manual
threading tools is an advantage.
Another possibility is 2 shorter nipples together with
a coupling that might give the correct length? Final
choice would be to braze two brass nipples together.
I doubt solder will hold up to the mechanical strength
required and it it breaks off inside the wall, you're SOL.
I have seen incredible things done with JB Weld. Just don't put a lot of
torque on it. And make sure it's DRY before you put the JB on there, and
DON'T MOVE IT FOR 24 HOURS. And make sure you got it straight with some
clamping, cause once that JB sets, it's set.
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