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Old 02-17-2007, 06:52 AM   #1
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Finished my projects. I'm getting a leak in my ball valve. Can anyone tell me if thread tape will fix it?






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Old 02-17-2007, 07:01 AM   #2
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Looks good. Not sure about the leak. Would it be easier to bend the copper that connect with elbow joints? I have a pipe bender at work that is at my disposal, this is the reason I ask.


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Old 02-17-2007, 07:06 AM   #3
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Looks good. Not sure about the leak. Would it be easier to bend the copper that connect with elbow joints? I have a pipe bender at work that is at my disposal, this is the reason I ask.


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Don't know, depends on your design and your cooler. I'm using a round igloo cooler.
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Looks more like the o-ring isn't sealing against the side of the kettle, Cheese. Perhaps you could loosen and very carefully re-tighten the weldless fitting, paying special attention to the o-ring. I've had similar problems in the past with those kind of fittings - a little trial and error always seems to fix it.
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Looks more like the o-ring isn't sealing against the side of the kettle, Cheese. Perhaps you could loosen and very carefully re-tighten the weldless fitting, paying special attention to the o-ring. I've had similar problems in the past with those kind of fittings - a little trial and error always seems to fix it.
Just the person I wanted to answer! OK, there's no leak by the washer. The leak is happening where the nut meets the valve.

Just keep futzing with it, or should I crank it tighter or get a better O-ring?
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In that case, teflon tape is definitely the way to go. Pipe threaded fittings can be finicky. Use plenty of tape (very evenly applied), and tighten it down quite snug. That should fix it.
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I'll try both. Thanks, Yuri!
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Manifold looks good cheese. Did the flow seem to be pretty good through it? Not that speed is an issue... May consider some cuts in the center section too but probably not all that necessary. Whens the virgin voyage?
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In that case, teflon tape is definitely the way to go. Pipe threaded fittings can be finicky. Use plenty of tape (very evenly applied), and tighten it down quite snug. That should fix it.
Agreed. On all of mine, I had to tighten the hell out of them. Your o-ring doesn't look nearly flat enough.
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Thread tape will prolly stop the leak, and if it doesn't the first time you reach a boil with it, it will probably seal itself up.


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