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Old 07-22-2011, 12:03 PM   #1
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Hi everybody, this is Jeremy. I live in an off-grid house in the boreal forest of Manitoba, Canada. A few years ago I had a well dug and a waterline installed from the well to a 100 gallon tank on the second floor of my house. This is a gravity-fed system (cold water only) that works very well with the small amount of electricity that my solar panels produce.
Where I need advice is between the well pump and the tank. I recently split the line with a brass T-junction so I could run a garden hose directly from the pump. I have 1 1/4" poly fittings threading into the brass T. Am I supposed to use Teflon tape on those threads? I did, then tightened the fittings to what felt almost like the breaking point, although there was still some thread remaining. These threads have a drip when the pump is running. Should I perhaps omit the teflon tape and see if I can thread those poly fittings all the way before they break?


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Teflon tape is the correct way to do it.

Without it, you will definitely have leaks

Did you wrap it the proper direction?

How many wraps? I usually give 5-6 wraps of the cheap stuff, and 3-4 of the really good stuff.

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Use teflon tape AND a teflon based pipe dope. Poly fittings are easily overtightened, as well. Crank them on hand tight, and only wrench one more turn, max.
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