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Old 04-08-2012, 01:41 PM   #1
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I ordered a new rough-in valve for our master suite shower that was leaking and not getting flow from the shower. It finally showed up a week later (what happened to 2 days?) and I go to replace it and the fitting are for compression, not solder. I ordered one for copper pipes. Can I make this work somehow?
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I ordered a new rough-in valve for our master suite shower that was leaking and not getting flow from the shower. It finally showed up a week later (what happened to 2 days?) and I go to replace it and the fitting are for compression, not solder. I ordered one for copper pipes. Can I make this work somehow?
what type of faucet did you order....

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I'm not sure I understand. All the connections appear to be soldered. The showerhead and bath spout are rigid copper. The supply lines appear to be slightly bent hard copper with 45 or 22 1/2 degree street elbow.

How much play do you have for moving the valve, spout and showerhead up and down?

What is the spacing of the suply lines for the new valve?

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Usually don't conceal compression joints. Are you sure they are not unions with female IP threads?
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Could you not cut the pipes at the solder connections or close to them and use copper compression fittings to connect it?
Due to limited movement of the pipes you may have to replace the bottom pipe.
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Look into "shark" fittings.
Many claim they are as good as soldering and can be installerd behind walls.
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The new valve is the same, except there are threads in the ports where you would normally solder the joint. The directions say to solder the copper to the brass fittings; this might work for the supply lines, but both the shower pipe and tub spout are also soldered without threads to fit this valve.

I have an idea to replace the lines to the shower and tub with threaded pipe. This means I'll have to bust out a bigger hole in the wall, which I didn't want to do.
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This wouldn't work for you?

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Thread these into new fixture then solder pipe.
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This wouldn't work for you?

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Thread these into new fixture then solder pipe.
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The connection is probably NPT, not compression.
You should check if your local codes/inspector allow compression fittings inside a wall cavity. They are not allowed in Massachusetts.
I would not recommend Sharkbite connectors for connecting the showerhead. Unlike soldering, the pipe can spin around in a sharkbite connector. The showerhead elbow can work lose becasue of the torque. Again check if your local codes/inspector allows sharkbites in walls.
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This wouldn't work for you?

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Exactly what I got, thank you.

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