Won't matter. It's a shower nipple, so one end of it will always be open, and
there won't ever be any significant pressure on the joint.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Nobody ever left footprints in the sands of time by sitting on his butt.
And who wants to leave buttprints in the sands of time?
Right. There will always be some pressure drop across any kind of flow
restriction, and a spray nozzle could be
considerable, I would think, especially low flow showere heads.
Also, people will often put a valved branch fitting on a shower
gooseneck for a hand-held shower hose and wand. If later someone
a wand that itself has a shut-off valve, full line pressure can be
on all the joints in there. I'm familiar with this problem from
experience, including some ruined plaster.
I've asked around, although not at HD, but seems that the HW stores
plumbing supply houses only offer threader machine service, and they
work on short nipples.
I intend to try to do it with a manual die and handle today, either
purchased. I'll just buy a 3 1/2" brass nipple, cut 1/4" off with a
and spin the die down 1/4". I'll report back on progress.
Well, I did it. The nipple has been cut to length, rethreaded, and
used to install the
elbow on the shower wall. However, I won't say it was easy. The main
problem is the hand-held dies have a guide collar that the pipe enters
before reaching the die proper. This means there is only a little over
sticking out to grip, and most of that is threaded. In order to
get a good grip w/o damaging the threads I fitted a brass cap I
happened to have.
Initially I grabbed it in a vise, but I'm afraid my vise and workbench
were no match for the force it takes to cut the threads as the length
engagement grows. Finally gripped it with a pipe wrench. Of course
this tightens the cap far beyond normal, so getting it off after the
cut was tough too. Went through this several times before getting
good threads for a good fit at the shower wall. Glad I'm not a
thanks for all the help.
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