I'm not impetuous by nature. I read instructions, I research, I study the problem and even sleep on it at times. I will usually find a way to get where I want to go while doing no harm.
Some of the bases left the original galvanized nipple in the wall, the rest came to me with the nipples still in them.
The nipple joined to this base is held firmly in the vise. Note my extractor shim between the tool and the fitting.
On and off by hand.
This custom tool will go with the returning body sprays along with reference to this page.
The nipple shim can be made by anyone in a few minutes
My Allpax brand gasket cutter did a nice job of cutting the 1/16" thick "cloth insert rubber" stock I used to seal the face plates to the spray heads.
The same C I rubber made a good gripping sheet to tighten the rings.
Nine body spray assemblies. Each one was hand made.
All parts except the bases and the face plates were number stamped.
All numbers were preserved during plating and all sets were joined in number matching order.
This is set number 53
Pipe thread seal AND Teflon tape.
Note the gasket in the ball nut to the left of the ball.
It is an 1-3/8" slip joint washer.
It goes into the nut before the ball.
All of this is the typical problem solving that occurs when something new and different is on my bench. So much of the work is unique and challenging.
This is the first time that I have needed the C I rubber by the sheet and I will be ordering a sheet of the 1/8" thickness to complement the 1/16" I used this time.
The black 1-1/4" slip joint washers scattered in the photos proved to be too thick for this project.
The torch striker is present because the propane torch was used to help free the balls from the basses.
For parts that have been frozen in place by time heat can lessen the amount of force required to break them loose.
The strap wrench is never far from reach.
In a few of the photos aspects of my hundred year old smooth jaw adjustable wrench can be seen. That tool is about ten inches long yet an 18" crescent wrench probably doesn't open as far. It handily spanned the ball nuts yet is short and light enough to allow the feel I need to do this work. In all fairness there are modern smooth jaw wrenches but I have several of the old timers and they are all in good condition.