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Unread 10-29-2006, 09:29 AM   #1
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Plumbing help

I am installing a three handle faucet for my tub. The unions are leaking a litlle after installation. Ive tried thread tape and sealing paste to no avail.In the past all I used was the selaing paste.I've included soem pics to help you help me.
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Unread 10-29-2006, 10:06 AM   #2
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Andrew, from here it looks like you a using/reusing old connectors. The mating surface of the seat is probably bad - thinking the threads have nothing to do with the leak. I'd try a new connector with a fresh seat.

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Unread 10-29-2006, 11:06 AM   #3
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Nope

All the hardware is new and there is no tension or pull on it from the other pipes,that may expand the joint.I used an O-ring inside the old faucet years ago.Is any type of washer supposed to be or recommended for use in the union?
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Unread 10-29-2006, 01:01 PM   #4
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Hi Andrew,

My experience with unions is that they go together bare metal to bare metal. No washers. You don't even need that teflon tape. In fact, that might be getting in your way.
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Unread 10-29-2006, 01:14 PM   #5
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What is this Andrew? A fiber washer, packing material, etc.?
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Unread 10-29-2006, 01:26 PM   #6
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There's a really great plumbing forum I belong to. Try posting there as well:

http://www.terrylove.com/forums/index.php
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Unread 10-29-2006, 02:02 PM   #7
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A union connection is chancy on the second use. The seat can often get a little deformed ridge when it is tightened up the first time. If you take it apart, then try to reconnect it, you never seem to get it to seat exactly the same way, so it has that little ridge where water can leak across. No tape or pipe dope is required. A little lubrication on the threads can help tightening it down smoothly.
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Unread 10-29-2006, 02:46 PM   #8
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get some jet blue on it then nip nice an tight with parrot nose pliers
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Unread 10-29-2006, 03:18 PM   #9
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Mike's reply

what the arrow is pointing to is a brass lip that is cast onto the union fitting.I have inspected the fitting and doesnt show any noticeable score or ridges.If a union fitting is not a viable option what could be recommended IN IT'S PLACE to make this a water tight seal?Also,what theck is JetBlue an Airline?
THanks again for all the help
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Unread 10-29-2006, 03:48 PM   #10
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think I got it finally

I took the unions apart and cleaned them well with and old t shirt.Now get this,I sprayed Pam on them (all I could find to lubricate).Then tightened the dickens out of them and has been leak free for half an hour now.
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Unread 10-29-2006, 04:24 PM   #11
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its a good name for an airline come to think of it!

Its something we have in the UK for sealing compression joints.
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Unread 10-29-2006, 04:29 PM   #12
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Thanks Karl

I guess a website or a manufacturer's listing might be a help.Is that a street name for the stuff or is the trade-marked name?A link?
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Unread 10-29-2006, 06:07 PM   #13
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Hiya Karl. We do have an airline named Jet Blue on this side you know.

Glad the leak stopped, Andrew. I'll have to remember that Pam trick.
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