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Old 05-23-2010, 07:57 PM   #1
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Is there a special tool or technique so as to not cut into a brass nipple while tightening/loosening it?

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Use a properly fitting wrench works.

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use an internal pipe wrench. available at HD.

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Buy a set of "fitting wrenches".

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Buy a set of "fitting wrenches".

Maybe it's just me, but how are those going to tighten a brass nipple??
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line wrences are for fittings,not pipe nipples.
i usually wrap a rag around the fitting before tightening with channel locks
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Strap Wrench.we use it for chrome.You may be confusing the torque to loosen a nipple with what you need to tighten new nipple.If your gouging brass your tightening too much.you know about teflon tape,pipe dope and lamp wick?
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Oops...my apologies to the OP if I led you astray. I should drink a cup of coffee before I try to respond to posts that early in the AM. For some reason all I had in my mind was a brass compression nut. I guess it's because I've had alot of wrenches slip on them when I didn't have a line wrench.

As plummen said, a rag wrapped around the nipple is the technique I've always used to avoid damaging the finish of brass or chrome. I usually also wrap masking or duct tape around the jaws of the channel-locks or pipe wrench as an added measure of protection.
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I'm probably tightening too much. How do I know enough is enough?

I tried electrical tape on the jaws and did not work. I'm thinking a rag will slip. I am most recently wrapping threads in teflon tape then applying a coat of teflon paste. Sprinkler fitters do this.

The internal devices are a nice find, did not know they existed, will go into the toolbox.

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