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Thread: How to assemble close nipples properly without a hex center?

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    Default How to assemble close nipples properly without a hex center?

    I am planning to replace a failed well pressure tank and part of the install will involve a few 1" close nipples. I have to be honest I have always dreaded these and always been able to find a hex version which seem terrific to me, but this is obviously due to the fact I don't know how to put them together. I can't grab them with tools so can you tell me the way to put these together and get enough threads in? Thank you very much!

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    Just tighten what the close nipple goes into. For example, if you are putting a close nipple between two elbows put a wrench on one elbow to hold back and tighten the other. I say elbows in my example, but the two fittings could be anything.

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    Elementary, dear Watson. You DON'T tighten the close nipple. You tighten whatever you are screwing on to the close nipple. Doing that will tighten the nipple at the same time.
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    Now I feel much better. I figured that one out by myself some time ago.

    Of course, I'm still embarrassed about it taking me so many years to figure out something even simpler: When I moved to Texas in my 30s, the weather forecast said "t-storms". Suddenly, a light bulb turned on: "T-storm" --> "Thunderstorm", "T-bird" --> "Thunderbird" -- oh, gee, they're the same car...

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    Does that mean that "T-Mobile" is an automobile also?
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