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Old 07-12-2019, 10:03 AM   #1
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I finally got the wheeler rex 87050 & 87075 nipple wrenches. Wr says they are for making close nipples but I don't know, they don't seem like they will hold up.

You guys ever use these? They do seem better than the eccentric style of internal wrench. Those things have a habit of distorting brass nipples, especially shower arms.



I write this as I wait for the correct toilet. They sent me a 12 and the flange is 9-1/2.





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Old 07-12-2019, 10:26 AM   #2
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[QUOTE=skoronesa;1209394] <SNIP>

I write this as I wait for the correct toilet. They sent me a 12 and the flange is 9-1/2.




I always specked Gerber {bowls for 10,12,14} all the same. Tanks made the correct dimension. Anybody know if they are still made?



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Default Back in the steel pipe days.

What did you do when a 45, 90, or some other change of direction was needed and no room to make a swing joint was available. I'm not talking 3/8,1/2 or 3/4 I'm talking 1" to 4" -- bigger than that it was a welded system. How many have cut and used cockeyed threads in their careers? The goto tool to use up to 2" was the 65R Rigid Die.

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I finally got the wheeler rex 87050 & 87075 nipple wrenches. Wr says they are for making close nipples but I don't know, they don't seem like they will hold up.

You guys ever use these? They do seem better than the eccentric style of internal wrench. Those things have a habit of distorting brass nipples, especially shower arms.



I write this as I wait for the correct toilet. They sent me a 12 and the flange is 9-1/2.





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Yes, I have the 1/2” and I use it quite a bit. Here’s a Stevie Lav video showing him using it on a shower arm.

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honestly for the price of buying close nipples and up to 4 inches isnt worth my time making my own...but many moons ago I did, I used a coupling with a bolt through it for a stop on the threads and would put it on a 4 inch nipple and just put the close with 1 side threaded into it and thread the other side, you dont cut all the close nipples at once, you thread 1 side then cut the pipe so you only have 1 side of a short or close to thread..
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This thread is confusing, you are talking about an internal nipple wrench?

Bill and ShtRnsdownhill think its about making short nipples with a threader.
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This thread is confusing, you are talking about an internal nipple wrench?

Bill and ShtRnsdownhill think its about making short nipples with a threader.

im reading this from his post




Wr says they are for making close nipples
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Wr says they are for making close nipples

The catalog number he gave is a nipple extractor! Ha!
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The catalog number he gave is a nipple extractor! Ha!
Old time plumber, now a counter guy at Ferguson said that tool was for making close nipples back in the day. I only use it as an extractor.
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This thread is confusing, you are talking about an internal nipple wrench?

Bill and ShtRnsdownhill think its about making short nipples with a threader.



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