Re: Street Elbow and brass shower valve
Posted by e-plumber on December 13, 2003 at 22:30:42:
In response to Re: Street Elbow and brass shower valve
: : : Hi,

: : : Is it OK to sweat a copper street elbow directly into a brass valve (for a shower) or is it better to sweat a short lenght of pipe into the valve and then sweat an elbow onto the pipe. The first option is obviously easier, I also worry about trying to sweat to joints that are going to be so close together (is there a recommended minimum distance between sweat joints?).

: : : Thanks,
: : : Jon

: : Using a street fitting is okay. It is a good idea to sweat all fittings that are close together at the same time. Because heat rises, I start with the lowest fitting and work my way up. You will probably want to remove the insides of the valve--the cartridge, disc, stem--what ever it has.
: : Deb
: : The Pipewench

: Thanks,

: Does disassembling before sweating apply to all valves? (Stop, gate, etc.) This particular valve has an anti scald valve and built in stop valve, should I take everything apart?

: Thanks again,
: Jon

Not to all valves but you should remove only the "guts" for the shower faucet before soldering.
Good Luck. e-plumber

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