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Fitting anger (SE)

Tony_23 Member Posts: 1,033
Every Matco 1.25x1 tee had this same problem.

What a PITA :(


  • Steve Ebels_3
    Steve Ebels_3 Member Posts: 1,291
    Are there ANY good threaded fittings out there???

    Put together a manifold today that I was really looking forward to assembling. I special ordered some made in the USA Anvil brand fittings because the boiler sits right out there for all to see and I want it to look as it should.

    6 zones starting with 2 1/2" and reducing down to 1 1/4" all in a row. The total length of the manifold is over 3 feet and it is off center by nearly an inch in that distance. The tees are ALL BORED CROOKED!!!!

    Does anyone have a suggestion on brands that are decent quality??
  • Timco
    Timco Member Posts: 3,040

    It would seem that the fittings made by children over 12 tend to be bored straighter...they seem to be able to work the machines better.

    Just a guy running some pipes.
  • bob young
    bob young Member Posts: 2,177

    Ward fittings are usually ok. i usually use malleble. i gave up on steam fittings
  • Weezbo
    Weezbo Member Posts: 6,232
    i like Ward fittings...

    i found some Ferrin fittings that were threaded at an Elebenteenth..they were perfectly Threaded !If you like the wild angles of the dangles on the things, alls good.

    really i cant abide them ,they are too weird Even for Me *~/:)
  • ScottMP
    ScottMP Member Posts: 5,884

    One of my guys came back the other day from doing a 1 1/2 gas main. It took longer than I thought and when I asked he said the fittings were making it hard to make it straight. I feel your pain.

    Harder and harder to find the quality.


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  • mtfallsmikey
    mtfallsmikey Member Posts: 765
    There have been times

    Where I actually WISHED some fittings were slightly racked. Dad could make a cocked thread on a pipe nipple, but I never mastered it. Ward fittings were pretty good, what about Grinnell? ( or should I ask?)
  • Tony_23
    Tony_23 Member Posts: 1,033
    I just did that

    I spent an hour tracking down a Ward supplier this week. After spending hours heating and bending 1-1/4" black back to plumb out of a pair of Matco tees, I'm going to do what I have to. An inch and a half out of straight over 40" is unbearable and all of them in the box were that way.

  • yourchizzler
    yourchizzler Member Posts: 10
    I feel your pain

    I feel all your pain, forget about the steel and cast, what about the copper!, I have tried all different brands of copper and they seem not to fit unless you use a hammer, the cost of material is a crying shame and they still can't make a quality fitting anymore, I don't mind paying, just make it right and make it in the USA not the china way. all those fittings and valves stink and most not UL or ASRE approved. Does anyone want to make shoes, shoe maker seems to be the way to go. I guess Ruth Goldberg has branched out to the fitting market. Good luck guys,
  • Mad Dog_2
    Mad Dog_2 Member Posts: 6,937
  • bob young
    bob young Member Posts: 2,177
    crooked thread

    use a ridgid 65R stock & set the guide off-center.
  • Bob Gagnon plumbing and heating
    I vote for ward too

    They still make awesome fittings. Did anyone notice that charlotte pvc fittings from the plumbing supply stores are now cheaper? The sockets are not as deep and I just had a loose fitting wye that leaked. These are the same fittings that they were selling at the large discount stores. The hardest part of the job now is finding top quality supplies, many companies are simply going sheaper.
    Bob Gagnon

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  • Tim Doran_4
    Tim Doran_4 Member Posts: 138
    Boilers & Indirects no better

    Many boilers and indirect water heaters are tapped crooked as well. I just installed three 399mbtu boilers on a project and not one tapping was straight. How do we get the manufacturers to understand what poor quality costs us?

    Tim D.

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