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El Bandito 06-29-2012 02:33 AM

New taps : is it me ?

I am trying to fit a new pair of bath taps. The instructions state :

"Globe taps are supplied with a threaded tube to be sealed into the tap body using a suitable thread sealant prior to connecting to pipework."

I have now fitted both taps twice using PTFE when screwing the threaded tube into the tap. First time I did 4 twists of PTFE and second time about 6 twists. Every time there has been a very slight leak from both taps.

I am starting to wonder whether a "suitable thread sealant" means something other than PTFE ? Any advice appreciated as I have never fitted a tap before !


El B

TheEplumber 06-29-2012 08:51 AM

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I would use both tape and a teflon based pipe dope such as "Rectorseal T plus 2" It doesn't matter which goes on first but most people apply tape first- 3 wraps is plenty, then apply a layer of pipe dope

joecaption 06-29-2012 09:00 AM

Can you post a picture?
Guessing you mean a shut off valve.
A globe valve is the last type of valve I'd ever pick as a shut off.
A ball valve would have been a far better choice.
A globe will restrict the flow and is prone to failure and leaking over time.

Alan 06-29-2012 09:30 AM

Sounds like new valve stems to me. Where is the leak coming from? Around the stem, or out of the spout or showerhead?

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