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Pressure Tanks
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Charles    Posted 08-11-2003 at 20:09:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Installing a second pressure tank supplied by a second water source - PVC to PVC fittings are a slam dunk, but PVC to the Brass "T" like connector are just giving me fits -
2nd, insert after hour word here, attempt after cutting out the first installation had marginal success - Bottom line, is that I still have a few leaking pipes - I've tried about 3 wraps around the threads the first time, then contacted the store where I bought the tank, and they said go w/ 5 - 7 wraps of teflon tape and shouldn't have any probs - Still no luck -
Could the "T" contraption things threads be fouled? Actually, after the 2nd attempt it was more my brass fittings (pressure guage/switch box) that leaked when threaded into the brass "T" deal. The PVC connections were solid-

One suggestion I've heard is to go w/ about 3 wraps of Teflon, and a little Teflon paste -
Not looking for guess work on the third go-around- If this makes sense, I go about 1 full turn beyond hand tight on the threads w/ a wrench on the brass fittings -


Jimbob    Posted 08-12-2003 at 15:19:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use teflon based paste. Sometimes the metal to plastic threaded connections will drip, however this usually goes away after a few days.

rhudson    Posted 08-12-2003 at 05:50:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
how long have the fittings been leaking? its not uncommon for them to leak a drip or so every few seconds for a few hours, until the plastic conforms to the metal. easy on the tape, its just a lubricant, not a space filler. also male plastic fitting into a female metal fitting, don't do the other way around.

Sid    Posted 08-11-2003 at 20:40:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
The threads could be fouled the paste should work fine by itself. as far as that goes the tape should work by itself. I don't want to sound like a smart alec but, do you know that the tape has to be wrapped around the threads the way the fittings turn? If not turning the fitting on will unwrap the tape. that is why I used to hate teflon tape until a plumber showed me how it was done.

Charles    Posted 08-12-2003 at 18:56:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes, I'm aware of how to apply the tape, but didn't think it made that much of a difference!!!

LOL - Thanks Sid, prob solved

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