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Old 10-11-2013, 11:56 AM   #1
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I am trying to create a pressure balancing loop for a 4 nozzle ceiling shower valve.

Everytime I dry-fit components together they get stuck and I cannot get them apart without damaging the components.


Any trick's for dry-fitting without needing to use wrenches and pliers excessively to pull them apart again?


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Deburr the pipe.
If you complete the closed loop you may be creating a suction when you try and pull them apart.

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You can put a little flux on it, or measure more accurately, prep pipe for soldering, and be done with it.

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Thanks guys ... I had to have the measurements pretty precise because of the nozzle locations. I got a better wire brush, liberally applied flux, through out the old failed attempts, and was able to fit things "one time" without having to pull them apart.

It was a little challenge applying the last piece to the loop, and my mallet helped out significantly.
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Great. Glad everything worked out for you.
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Sounds like your cutter wheel is dull and forming a ridge on the pipe
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Mr. E. Thanks! I have one of those Milwaukee Electric Pipe Cutters and upon very close inspection I can see a very fine ridge on the pipe end. I have never replaced the cutting wheel.

I'm going to try a new cutting wheel because I'm continuing to have problems elsewhere.
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You can knock the ridge down with a small file

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You can avoid home depot fittings
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Dull cutting wheel was definitively the problem. When I tried my spare hand cutter dry fitting no longer was as tremendously difficult.

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