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Old 01-23-2011, 09:13 PM   #1
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I am in the process of picking new fixtures for the tub/bath remodel and have a couple of questions. My existing valve I am replacing is soldered on, but I am noticing many of the new valves have threaded inlets? Can I solder a male piece onto these valves or am I better to find a valve assembly that is not threaded? Thanks. Heather

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Hi Heather,

I'd say pick the fixture you like most and then go from there. Whether the pipe is threaded or sweated into the valve, provided the job is done properly, either will work equally well.

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Thanks! Any tips when attaching the threaded piece? I know some sites recommend using the Teflon tape and others plumbers dope. Any help is awesome.
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2-3 wraps of tape and then a little dope. No dope on the first 2-3 threads though so as to not gum up the valve.
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I like soldered fittings. If you're connecting to copper, you'll need to solder anyway. What's 2 more joints? Plus you're not breathing fumes of pipe dope when you try to solder your MIP adapters.
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