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Old 09-19-2011, 09:06 PM   #1
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Anyone know if its possible to use a tap & die to rethread a drop ear L for a shower arm? Customer apparently stripped it and doesn't want the wall opened. Figured if it was possible, someone here has done it.
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:11 PM   #2
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I haven't done it but you could try it. just need a 1/2" NPT tap. Not sure if it will bottom out before you finish.
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Have you seen it yet....customer stories can be off the mark at times
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Buy a piece of pipe and cut about 6 slots running up the pipe threads, then use that as a tap
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I haven't done it but you could try it. just need a 1/2" NPT tap. Not sure if it will bottom out before you finish.

I'm sure it'll bottom out. I'd try Bill's method before cutting the end off of a 1/2" tap. To me, it sounds like opening the wall is going to be cheaper than selling the customer a modified and now useless tap.




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Bills method will work.

I used a 1 1/2 black nipple on a atmospheric vacuum breaker that had gotten buggered up in the threads. Threaded the nipple then unthreaded it and was able to thread another adapter in it.
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pipe extractor.jpg These work awesome, have never failed to remove a nipple.





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I'm thinking customer snapped off old arm and still threads from the old one in there. But if it is, I agree with the others and have used a sloted black nipple to chase threads.
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Just used this yesterday on one, danco I believe......good luck
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Most pipe taps will bottom out in the back of the DE before you can chase the thread. I ground down a 1/2 pipe tap so there is very little taper left. It works great for me.

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