6" nipple too long and 5 1/2" too short for tub spout!

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6" nipple too long and 5 1/2" too short for tub spout!

my husband is replacing a diverting type tub spout. Needed new nipple (old one corroded). 5 1/2" nipple is too short(cant tighten all the way) and 6" nipple too long (1/4" gap with wall). He used the 5 1/2", but only "hand tightened it" so not very tight. He first tightened the nipple into the spout then attached that assembly into the pipe in the wall so the loosely tightened part is behind the wall-Did he do this correctly?.Should the nipple of be screwed to pipe in wall first? Please suggest better solution
 
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Old 08-04-13, 08:58 AM
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I've made my own custom nipples with threaded copper endcaps. I used a piece of a copper water hammer arrestor for the shaft as it is a lot thicker than standard copper. That way I could torque it down with confidence without fear of kinking the pipe.

You can also purchase a tub spout that has a compression fitting instead of a threaded fitting - an o-ring seals a smooth pipe and a set screw holds it in place.
 
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Old 08-04-13, 09:22 AM
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A hardware store can make a nipple any length you want. I wouldn't recommend the BigBox stores because the only time I got one there I had to walk them step by step through how to do it with a threading machine because they didn't have a hand threader.
 
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Old 08-04-13, 10:53 AM
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If you go to the big box stores (especially like my big orange) they cut and thread their own nipples from long lengths of pipe. If you look thru the bins you'll find up to a 1/4" variance in lengths.
 
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Old 08-04-13, 12:32 PM
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At the one I went to the threading machine wouldn't close to less that 8"or 10" and they didn't have a clue how to use it to thread anything shorter. Initially told me it wasn't possible.
 
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Old 08-04-13, 12:35 PM
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Ray...and then you told them just put a coupler on a longer length? I cut them down all the time doing that.
 
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Ray...and then you told them just put a coupler on a longer length? I cut them down all the time doing that.
Yes and then it turned into the three stooges because the nipple tightened into the coupling as they threaded it and it wouldn't turn out by hand. Finally I said use a pipe wrench. They then struggled with one wrench trying to hold the coupling with their hand till I finally showed them how to use two wrenches.

Real irony here is I had never used a pipe threading machine, only hand threader, and I had to show them how.
 
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Old 08-04-13, 01:01 PM
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The training has gone way down hill...at least at HD I know.
 
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Old 08-04-13, 02:39 PM
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I noted the same thing at the BigBox I worked for. I knew the limits of my training and the assistant managers didn't listen and the HR kept saying you will get it.
 
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It's amazing how many folks don't have a clue about the business they are in I can excuse the young or new to the trade but those that have been in a particular business for 20 yrs .....

I don't know which is worse, the sales people that don't have a clue or the ones that think they know more than they do.
 
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Thanks for your help. HD told me they couldn't cut the pipe for me because the metal was too soft. I called a local plumbing supply place and he had it cut and threaded for me in 30 minutes!
 
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This had turned into quite a colorful thread.

Glad you were able to get what you needed
 
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Old 08-05-13, 09:18 PM
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HD told me they couldn't cut the pipe for me because the metal was too soft
Un friggin believable. Something could be to hard to cut but how could it be to soft to cut. (And yes there is a pun in there.)
 
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