I'm currently using a 3/4" x 1/2" bell reducer and 1/2" nipple to connect my tub faucet's inlet flare (I think that's the right word?), but no matter what I do, I'm getting leaks on both ends of the reducer. Per the picture, I'm using PTFE tape.
Is there a way I can directly connect the braided connector to the inlet flare? The faucet also came with a riser nut with a washer inside which I'm currently not using.