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Old 01-18-2012, 12:06 PM   #1
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Hey, I had an alcove tub that was surrounded by drywall. I cut the 1/2" drywall out, replaced it with 1/2" cement board and tiled over the top with 4x4 tiles. My Problem is that the threads in my faucet are just a hair out of reach of the copper pipe/adapter coming out of the wall. I'm not real handy when it comes to soldering. Is there an adapter out there that will screw onto the existing adapter and then have threads on the other end that will screw into the faucet. I'll attach a picture of the existing adapter.
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Old 01-18-2012, 12:17 PM   #2
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I apologize, when I say faucet I mean the spout.

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To choises, go behind the wall on the backside and try try figure out how to move the whole valve assembly out some more or learn how to solder.
Soldering is home repair 101 and is not that hard to learn how to do.
You may have to move the valve anyway so the handles will go back on.
Make sure both pipe and adapter are clean with sand paper wipe with a clean cloth, apply flux, heat until solder is sucked into the joint and stop. There is no need to keep adding more and have it all over the outside of the joint. It only holds inside.
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Can't get it from behind...it's a single handle and that is already mounted. Since the existing adapter is to short do I cut that one off and replace it with a longer one? The existing adapter is already soldered in place.
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Two choices---this is the easiest--solder the male end to a length of copper pipe--

When cool thread that into your spout----mark the pipe where the back of the spout is--

Unscrew it and set that aside---cut the tube coming out of the wall ---measure the length of the stub.

Deduct that amount from the line on your spout piece --cut there---

using s 'no stop ' coupling--solder the new piece to the wall stub---

Let it cool---pipe dope and tape the threads---install spout.

You won't like the second option---
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That tube will not be soldered inside the wall. There's going to be a male adapter on both ends, it's treaded into the valve assembly.
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It is possible that that is threaded into an eared flange behind the wall---but we don't know that---It could also be soldered into a 90*
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Get yourself a tub spout thats held on with a set screw,then just cut the male adaptor off the end of the copper
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Here's a pic showing the plumbing, looks to me that it's connected to a 90...I'm just going by the pic, unfortunately I'm not home right now. Would this have me doing anything different?
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Do as I suggested and you will be fine---that is soldered to a 90*

You need a male adapter---a no stop coupling and a short bit of copper pipe--flux--solder and a torch--tfe paste and teflon tape

Plummen gave you option number two----
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U gave really good directions, I appreciate that. Sounds simple enough. I'll have to do some mock up soldering til I get the hang of it. Thanks for the insight!
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Get the flux in the red tin---Oatey easy flow solder is a joy to work with---

Protect your new tub from splattered solder---don't over heat the pipe---when it's hot enough to melt the solder you are done----

Wrap a wet rag around the pipe by the tile for good luck---( Attractive tile job,by the way)--Mike--
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Get yourself a tub spout thats held on with a set screw,then just cut the male adaptor off the end of the copper
I would be very careful about soldering, too much heat and you could pop the seal on that rear joint in the wall, youíll never know its leaking until the damage has been made. I would go with plummenís advise, safer at this point.
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Pop the seal on the 90?
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Pop the seal on the 90?
The elbow in the wall, thatís Not the correct way to pipe in spout feed, but what done is done.

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