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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:53 am    Post subject: Re: Pipe threading Reply to specific post Reply with quote

showcrop wrote:
(quoted from post at 08:53:49 01/11/1Cool
Any chance of removing the stub length back to the last coupling or elbow?

That is generally how our plumbers would do it.

Today you can rent a crimp tool and put a valve on it with a plug.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Pipe threading Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Heyseed; I have that Harbor Freight pipe threading set and it has served me well for many years---so many years in fact, like almost 40, that the odds of it being the same as the ones they are selling now would be very low. Before I owned that set I once rented a Rigid brand pipe threader and cutting dies from a rental shop in the poor end of Seattle. (BTW, Seattle doesn't have a poor end any more.) The young man who ran the rental place for his parents was a no nonsense person who had seen customers try to pull every possible trick. I doubt that anybody managed to put one over on him by then. Anyway, I started cutting some 1" galvanized steel pipe and some teeth broke off the cutting die. I knew I had used it correctly, but the young man didn't know me, so I expected quite an argument from him. Instead, what he said was that he would normally make me pay for the damage, but a regular customer of his who he knew to be experienced and careful had brought the tool back with the same problem, so he assumed that Rigid had released a bad batch of dies. I tell this as a warning that a high quality brand doesn't necessarily guarantee a trouble free product---it only gives you better odds.

You've gotten some very good suggestions here about how to deal with your problem without trying to thread the pipe end you've got to work with. I'd strongly advise you to use the best alternative you can find that doesn't involve threading your pipe. My extensive experience dealing with old plumbing is that trying to correct a problem leads to one or more other problems more often than not. The things that could go wrong with your situation are the stuff of nightmares.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Pipe threading Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks for all the suggestions, I used a Dresser Compression Fitting and a capped off nipple. It did the job, I added a bit of safety wire which felt like overkill, but why not.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:27 am    Post subject: Re: Pipe threading Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Huh...never even heard of a Dresser coupling before.

Learn something every day

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