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Old 21-11-2017, 07:37 PM   #1
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Default A question for the Plumbers

Silly question maybe, but I'm not about to join a plumbers forum to ask...
When applying teflon thread tape, how many times are you supposed to wrap it around the thread?
I reckon I always put on way too much, but don't know when is enough.
I'm talking just typical domestic plumbing here, kitchen taps etc.
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Default Re: A question for the Plumbers

I usually go about 6-8 times and I haven't had a leak yet. I'm not on mains pressure though - tanks with pumps.
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Old 21-11-2017, 10:10 PM   #3
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Old 21-11-2017, 11:30 PM   #4
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And another good question... Do you wrap it on clockwise or anti-clockwise.
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Always on clockwise.
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In another life I used to sell/repair aircompressors.

Always 10 (or 11 or 9) for air pressure so I just continue the theme for water pressure.

Possibly overkill but tape is cheap.

Never had a leak and I've renovated a few bathrooms....
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Why would you even need thread seal on kitchen taps ?
If they are in wall (called wall stops) they have a jumper valve, a red body washer, and o rings on the spindle.
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3 or 4 wraps will do as the fittings are tapered anyway. Stretch it tight on the fitting as you wind it on.
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And another good question... Do you wrap it on clockwise or anti-clockwise.


Depends if it’s a left or right thread
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A never on compression fittings.
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A never on compression fittings.
Compression fittings with copper/brass cones sometimes need a little thread seal.
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Thread sealants such as joint compound (pipe dope or thread seal tape such as PTFE tape) are unnecessary on compression fitting threads, as it is not the thread that seals the joint but rather the compression of the ferrule between the nut and pipe. The use of tape will prevent required compression; use sealant "dope/paste" if you must. But if it need sealant on a compression fitting your either doing it wrong or using cheap junk compression fittings.
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