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Old 09-07-2011, 09:26 PM   #11
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Come on... Post a picture so that we don't have to guess and fabricate a possible solution.

A picture is worth a thousand words after all.!

 
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:48 AM   #12
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mine is installed as you describbed. However couple of things, not to tight not to loose just right works wonders on the weldess. Check your stainless nut and oring, make sure your oring actually fits in the grouve, i have had one where the nut was not machined, and the oring did not seat properly. I might be able to get a pick tomorrw

 
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:55 AM   #13
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I've had weldless require a delicate dance with tightening. I know that some have used silicone sealant on the threads with great results.

 
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:01 PM   #14
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mine is installed as you describbed. However couple of things, not to tight not to loose just right works wonders on the weldess. Check your stainless nut and oring, make sure your oring actually fits in the grouve, i have had one where the nut was not machined, and the oring did not seat properly. I might be able to get a pick tomorrw
This! make sure like he said I had the exact same problem one of the nuts i received must of been machined for a larger oring or something luckily I ordered 2 and the other one mated with the oring perfectly. No leaks yet!

 
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:31 PM   #15
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Also make sure your hole has been ground and sanded. Rough edges there can cause leaks. I grind weldless holes gently with a Dremel and then finish with medium and fine sandpaper.

Sometimes the step bits can kick back and make the hole you're drilling uneven. Take a good look side-on on your vessel and make sure the hole is level.

The fittings should be hand-tightened. The o-rings need to be snug but not squashed. If you have to use a wrench, something's wrong.
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:05 PM   #16
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+1 for hand tightening. My kettle used to leak until I put away the wrench and only hand tighten.

 
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:16 PM   #17
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oh, +1 on the sanding the hole, i had a burr that destroyed the o-ring and leaked all over

 
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Old 09-09-2011, 05:53 PM   #18
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Thanks guys! I'll post a pic in just a bit, but I am using a rubber gasket that came with the bulkhead kit, not a rubber o-ring. For the element I will use one, but on the ball valves it's just an orange/brownish rubber gasket.

 
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Old 09-09-2011, 09:02 PM   #19
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hmm , i guess all mine had the o-ring, i made the assumption(silly me) that they all used orings

 
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Old 09-09-2011, 09:09 PM   #20
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Thanks guys! I'll post a pic in just a bit, but I am using a rubber gasket that came with the bulkhead kit, not a rubber o-ring. For the element I will use one, but on the ball valves it's just an orange/brownish rubber gasket.
If you bought from bargain fittings and ordered a weldless kit, it definitely came with a red silicone o ring. If you follow his instructions to the letter it's goof proof. Like the others said, +1 to not overtightening, +1 to sanding off any burrs.

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