It seems that the 2" nipple for the hand-held shower elbow is about 1/8" too
Thus when I tighten the Kohler 9664 elbow there is a 1/8" gap between the
elbow and its
escutchon. I have not been able to find anyone who can custom cut a nipple
Two ideas come to mind. One is to get a chrome sleeve (this may be called
a "cover casing" I'm told) and cut an 1/8" ring from it. This would tighten
escutchon and show chrome in the gap. The other is to find a thicker
The one that came with the Kohler elbow is about 1/8" so a 1/4" one would,
it looked nice.
Any other ideas?
Thanks, Jim. I will do that today if I can get the painters out of here.
Another idea occurred to me. Suppose I took the 2" nipple out, sawed 1/8"
carefully with a Dremal, and then ran a pipe thread die down two more
Since 1/2" pipe threads are 14 per inch this would put the elbow 2/14" 0.143" closer
to the wall. This would eliminate the gap and compress the escuchon by about
It may compress this much since it is fairly thin metal and dished. If the
was too much for it, I could file off a little from the back edge.
The only problem is holding the 2" nipple while threading. Two thoughts on
that. One is
to screw it into a 1/2" steel pipe coupling, and grip the coupling in a
vice. Or, I could
clamp one of those "internal pipe wrenches" in my vice, then slip the nipple
I assume it would grip the interior of the nipple well enough to cut a
thread or tow.
Comments and suggestions appreciated.
I'd either replace the nipple with a shoulder nipple or use a deep
escutcheon like Speedy Jim mentioned. If you cut the existing nipple,
you'll lose the tapered threads at the beginning of the nipple. You can
tighten the nipple without the coupling - remember that this piece of pipe
is not "pressurized" - by that I mean it does not require a seal you would
normally have on the house side of the valve. A shower head stand pipe is
no different than an open-ended drain pipe with pressure behind it. The
pressure is not allowed to back up so a "snug" fit is all that's required
versus a tight fit.
Jim Mc Namara
Thanks, Jim. Don't know what a shoulder nipple is but I'll ask when
I go to a major plumbing supply house not far from me tomorrow.
I don't quite understand why I'd lose the tapered threads at the beginning.
As I imagine the die working, if I cut off a couple threads then ran the
die a couple turns
it would add a couple new threads at the large end of the taper and
cut a new face on all the threads back to the end of the pipe. So, yes, the
threads are lost at the small end of the taper when I cut it off, but they
by the die. Maybe I didn't explain clearly enough what I was proposing to
But, a thicker escutchon is my first choice if I can find a decent looking
that's 1/4" thick.
I understand about the pressure. There will be some, as the hand-held shower
head offers some resistance, but perhaps not much.
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