I'm installing a rigidly mounted hose bib, frost free type, comes through the wall into the basement. I'm using threaded connections, all brass. I need the elbow I screw into it to point in a certain direction. How do pipefitters manage to do this? If for example, I'm getting pretty tight at 9 o'clock, but need it to point to 3 o'clock, is it a matter of just torquing it to that point? Or do I untighten counterclockwise and see if it leaks in the looser position. Will pipe dope work better than tape to accomplish alignment?
If you can get it to go from 9 to 3 then your all set. Another option is to use a compression fitting, point the pipe in the desired position and then tighten the compression fitting to hold that position.
I'd use teflon tape with brass (just my preference).