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    For closure's sake, and anyone else who's reading...

    For closure's sake, and anyone else who's reading this and plagued by a similar problem, I solved it with about 3 rotations of teflon tape(maybe 4) and a little smear of pipe joint compound(aka pipe...
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    So would the troubleshooting process entail...

    So would the troubleshooting process entail simply trying a thinner washer between the barrel and stem?

    Fun, no. Learning a lot, yes.
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    Much clearer to me now. Thanks. (The stem that I...

    Much clearer to me now. Thanks. (The stem that I bought was packaged with the barrel. So I assume they're a good match.)

    So you think if the brass washer is too thick, there's a chance the...
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    Redwood - not sure I follow. There's a pretty...

    Redwood - not sure I follow. There's a pretty thick rubber washer that came with the new stem... it rests between the stem and the wall pipe(is barrel the proper name for the wall pipe?). Are you...
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    The gasket is definitely there. I did apply a...

    The gasket is definitely there. I did apply a little silicone grease to that gasket. That wouldn't be a problem would it?
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    And the battle rages on!

    Thanks for all the help thus far. As it turns out, I needed to replace the stems on both faucets(hot & cold), so I've been able to use a different flange that comes with proper escutcheons.

    New...
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    Edit: Got it. Did a little research. Anyone...

    Edit: Got it. Did a little research. Anyone have any recommendations about a good supply shop in Portland, Oregon?

    HJ - excuse my ignorance, but when you say escutcheon nipple, exactly what...
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    1948 parts - Help!

    I've installed a new tub surround in a 1948 duplex. As a result, the flange that covers the stem and packing nut will no longer attach properly.

    I've included a photo of the faucet handles before...
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    DuWayne: Thanks for the info, I'll try...

    DuWayne: Thanks for the info, I'll try reconnecting using more teflon tape. If that doesn't work, I'll add a little dope.

    You got it Redwood... 1948 duplex: galvanized steel in the walls.
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    Thanks for the replies. Jimbo: You're correct...

    Thanks for the replies.

    Jimbo: You're correct about the materials except for the nipple: it's galvanized steel.

    I've never used pipe joint compound/dope... I'll go buy some. It just brushes...
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    bathroom supply leak

    I just installed new 1/2" nipples in the supply lines for a bathroom sink, along with new stop vales on each nipple. Now I have 2 leaks:

    One where one of the nipples connects to the elbow joint...
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