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    Question help needed finding odd size copper fittings

    We disconnected an old claw foot tub, refinished it, and now wish to
    hook it back up to its original copper piping, with cut off valves if
    possible. We have found that the original pipes
    were two different sizes.
    Told that it is not made in those odd sizes anymore. Pressure couplings
    are not quite right, some leaking occuring. Tried flange tool, but as this
    is old copper, did not work. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    The house is between 75- nearly 100 years old. Pipes are branched off
    from the wall and bent up to the old tub. Really need to get it all back
    together again.
    Thanks for any and all help.
    joyann

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    Dig down to the bottom of those two tub supplies. They probably are connected to iron pipe threads. I think that you can still get old style bath tub supplies. Nuts and rubber washers should come with them......

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    Thanks for your reply. The supply lines to the tub branch off from the main supply lines running along the baseboard. They are connected with a T type of connector. The supply lines have many coats of paint on them as they were painted along with the baseboard. Is there a way that I can tell without taking the lines apart whether it is connected to an iron pipe thread? We cut the lines assuming we would put in cut off valves when reinstalling everything, and then found the size of the copper pipes not the same as the new copper from the plumbing supply. I thought maybe a salvage place might have what we need. Thanks for your thoughts!!!

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