IPS / NPT Angle Stops - Outdated Practice

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & ' started by chefwong, May 11, 2013.

  1. chefwong

    chefwong New Member

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    Is using nipples/FPT ~outdated~ in use/design/practice.

    It's been awhile since I've done a major renov, but for any project with *exposed* plumbing, I generally use Chrome Nipples, with Chrome FPT angle stops.

    For this application, it's a bathroom.
    I am also planning to incorporate a tile-over access panel, somewhere withing the bathroom where I'll be putting stop valves for the water feeds to the bathroom.

    I suppose it's a personal aesthetic decision, as the 5/8 will expose some copper, depending on how close you *cut it*.
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    IF you cut it "close enough" there will be no copper exposed, but few installer, or customers, get anal about it. Unless you like crawling around under a sink to see how the supply valves are connected.
  3. asktom

    asktom Member

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    I like to use brass nipples, but not chrome. I use a length that leaves the stop close to the chrome flange. Like HJ says, unless you crawl under and nose around you never see the brass.
  4. chefwong

    chefwong New Member

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    Similar Concept Tom. My POV is that if the stop is chrome, the *exposed piece* from a aesthetics should be all the same finish Hence, I use chrome nipples. They come in all different lengths and depending on RO, I generally aim to have about 2 inches of nipple between the flange and the bottom of the valve.

    I do like exploring the idea of using compression stops but I still prefer the *look* of a particular supple stop.
  5. asktom

    asktom Member

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    I go for about 1/8" between the valve and flange. I prefer threaded stops because, having done mostly repair plumbing, I have noticed there is much less chance of problems when changing threaded stops.
  6. jm66208

    jm66208 Member

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    +1 on everything asktom says.
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