Solid 3/8 riser installation from stop valve to faucet - tight bend

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Mturse

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Good Afternoon,
I have a new vanity and faucet I am installing.....and am using solid 3/8 supply risers. The faucet connection and stop valve are about 5 inches apart with a approx 2 inch offset so I cannot get an adequate bend on the supply rider tube. I wish I installed the stop valves facing down or out to the side but I didn't. I wanted to ask the following:
1. Can I loosen the compression stop valve and spin it to face down after its already been installed or am I asking for trouble?
2. Should i just use an extra long riser and run it below the stop , loop it back up above the stop and into the stop valve
I do not want to use braided hoses .... I don't trust them long term.
As always appreciate the help.
Mike T.
 

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A compression stop can be loosened, spun and then retightened.
Water off of course while doing this.

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You could also use a tube bender.
 

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I like bending tube its a superior connection and more long term supply tube. With a tube bender you should be able to make almost anything work, but yes you can turn the stops down, that will make an easy hook up. I like to bend a 90 and then 180 back on top of itself then 90 back up sometimes this makes a tube you can squeeze into place pretty easy. Yours might just get a couple 45 bends, but it could be difficult to get that into place.
 

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Thanks guys!!!! This site helped me many times. I think it's time to invest in a tubing bender.....but I'm glad I can rotate the stops! Will make it easier
 

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Depending on the radii you need, if its not too severe, you can also buy a Spring Bender

They're fairly inexpensive and pretty good. They don't leave tool marks and can start the bend closer to the Bullet end of the tube unlike the hard tool.

I use both when I need for whichever is best for the job.

The method I use is to loosely install the riser onto the faucet end. From there I can measure the offset distance from my supply to the angle stop. I use center to center measurements. Then you need to know how much distance you need from the stop valve to the faucet hookup. I set up a grid and draw my start and finish points to gauge the angle I need to get from A to B.

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