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asked in category: General Last Updated: 8th January, 2020

Is plumbers tape necessary?

Plumber's tape is recommended for use with most threaded connections that don't have a built-in rubber seal. If you're familiar with using pipe-joint compound (a.k.a. pipe dope), you can substitute with plumber's tape in the same applications.

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Hereof, when should you use plumbers tape?

Tape or dope should be used when the threads of a pipe are being used to create the seal. In a compression fitting, the ferrule is what creates the seal by deforming to the shape of the pipe. Similarly, some gas pipes use a flare fitting to make air-tight the connection.

Also, how much plumbers tape do I need to use? If it leaks, you didn't put enough tape on (Teflon tape should make it watertight while being just hand-snug). Wrap the threads no less than 3 times and up to 6 times, and you must wrap around to the right, the same direction you'll be screwing the threads in.

Also Know, what can I use if I don't have plumbers tape?

Pipe joint compound, also known as pipe dope, is a liquid compound used to seal threads similar to Teflon tape. The cap of the container has an attached swab brush used to brush a layer of the compound on the threads of the pipe before attaching a fitting.

Should I use plumbers tape on PVC threads?

Don't use Teflon tape, Teflon paste or pipe dope. Teflon paste and pipe dope, just like Teflon tape, make threaded joints slippery. Their use on PVC fittings can be an invitation to over-torque. When working with threaded plastic fittings do use a proper sealant.

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