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Old 03-25-2009, 11:50 AM   #1
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How tight for Poly tubing?


Hi;
I am installing a water filter, and making connections using Polyethylene tubing (3/8") to standard brass compression Tee.

How tight should I make the nuts (all brass) on this tubing. I am using the brass ferrule that comes with the fitting.

While I don't want to over-tighten, I don't want it to leak or be pushed out by water pressure (approx 50psi).

When I first tightened the nut the tubing pulled right out. I tightened further, and could no longer pull the tubing out (with moderate force), but it would turn (snubly) in the fitting.
Should the tubing still be allowed to turn while seated in the fitting with the nut tightened?

Thanks for your help.

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Old 03-26-2009, 06:31 AM   #2
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How tight for Poly tubing?


Tighten until it no longer oozes water, plus 1/4 turn. But pretty hard to overtighten metal ferrules.

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How tight for Poly tubing?


correct me if Im wrong guys, but isn't the metal ferrul for use with copper 3/8 tubing and a plastic ferrule is for the poly line? the metal will actually cut through poly.
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correct me if Im wrong guys, but isn't the metal ferrul for use with copper 3/8 tubing and a plastic ferrule is for the poly line? the metal will actually cut through poly.
no you are correct. The poly ferrules are used with poly and the copper with copper.
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:41 AM   #5
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How tight for Poly tubing?


I was able to make the connection with the brass ferrule. The poly is pretty tough. I can't imagine the ferrule cutting through it.
I used the brass insert that came with the fitting. It prevents the tubing from being crushed.

This was going into a brass Tee, and the ferrules were captive to the nuts, so I would have to purchase separate nuts and poly ferrules if I had your info before I completed the job.

Anyway, the connection is not leaking.

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