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jkk 11-29-2012 07:18 PM

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What is the preferred method for sealing 1/2" pipe for water? Is tape sufficient?

TheEplumber 11-29-2012 07:30 PM

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Originally Posted by jkk (Post 1063255)
What is the preferred method for sealing 1/2" pipe for water? Is tape sufficient?

I use tape and dope, one on top the other. Some use just tape.
I got to ask though, are you using a shark bite adapter?
Why not buy a compression angle stop?

jkk 11-29-2012 07:33 PM

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Originally Posted by TheEplumber (Post 1063259)
I got to ask though, are you using a shark bite adapter?
Why not buy a compression angle stop?

Don't know - are the compressions better? Cheaper?

funfool 11-29-2012 07:35 PM

The way I choose, and normally tape is fine in most cases.
I have found some troublesome drips where tape just did not fix it.
Paste is my preferred method, it never fails me.
Paste is not pretty, if you are going to see the connection, say a shower head in the shower, will use tape.
For the picture you showed, tape will work 99% of the time, if I was out of paste I would use tape.
I would prefer paste for that connection.

ben's plumbing 11-29-2012 07:47 PM

we use big blue tape...with rectorseal pipe dope....:thumbsup: ben sr

TheEplumber 11-29-2012 07:50 PM

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Originally Posted by ben's plumbing (Post 1063275)
we use big blue tape...with rectorseal pipe dope....:thumbsup: ben sr

I love that stuff!

ben's plumbing 11-29-2012 07:52 PM

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Originally Posted by TheEplumber (Post 1063276)
I love that stuff!

yep great stuff...its been a long time since we had a leak using this stuff....ben sr

jkk 11-29-2012 07:57 PM

Big blue?

TheEplumber 11-29-2012 08:23 PM

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Originally Posted by jkk (Post 1063282)
Big blue?

When I hear big blue I think http://www.bluemonsterproducts.com/

burnt03 11-29-2012 08:25 PM

I always use at least 4 wraps of tape then a thin coating of pipe dope. Works great even on bigger pipe (2")

Thurman 11-30-2012 10:28 AM

I prefer rectum-tape also, but do agree that if the joint can be seen--use tape.

Alan 11-30-2012 08:32 PM

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Originally Posted by jkk (Post 1063262)
Don't know - are the compressions better? Cheaper?

Cheaper for a compression angle stop than a FIP angle stop and an adapter.


I would even say that a compression joint is more reliable than a sharkbite any day.

Also : Normally only need tape for the joints unless the threads look really bogus/torn or something funky, then I use dope.


Normally use dope only on gas pipe though.


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