Cutting Threaded Sleeve

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & ' started by Mark Johnson, Feb 22, 2007.

  1. Mark Johnson

    Mark Johnson New Member

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    Hey Guys.

    Sorry if this is an easy question, but I've searched the archives, and have googled around a bit, but haven't been able to find the answer. Hence, I'm going straight to the experts.

    I'm trying to install a tub faucet and handles. The handles have escutcheons which screw onto brass threaded sleeves. The sleeves are too long, and the very brief instructions say to cut them to length.

    What's the best way to cut the threaded sleeve? I'm concerned about getting a relatively straight cut that doesn't screw up the threads. Is this a simple job for a hacksaw, or is there a better solution?

    Thanks.
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    If you can find a nut with the right threads, it works pretty well to run it down to the right place and use it as a guide to saw the part off. It also acts like a die and cleans up the threads when you take it off.
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    saw

    Use a "mini" hack with a very fine blade. The threads are somewhat loose so you would really have to work at it to damage them to the point the escutcheons would not screw on.
  4. Mark Johnson

    Mark Johnson New Member

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll get to work on them tomorrow.
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