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 Shower/Tub Faucet Leak
Author: Anonymous User

I installed a new shower/tub faucet in my basement bathroom and have leaks copper threaded connector nuts (hot & cold). I used teflon tape around the threads, wrapped 4 times in a clockwise direction. It is a slight leak--one drop every 5-10 minutes. Any words of wisdom on what I did wrong or more importantly, how do I fix? Should I go with more or less tape?



Post Edited (10-27-02 14:21)

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 Re: Shower/Tub Faucet Leak
Author: steve (CA)

Bmorgan, can you see the leak actually coming from the joint? With the joint still intact, check the female fitting for a possible crack(if you disassemble to check it, the crack might close up). Try using a paste type of sealant and keep those joints exposed for as long as you can after getting a successful seal.

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 Re: Shower/Tub Faucet Leak
Author: hj (AZ)

MY words of wisdom would be to toss the tape and use a paste joint compound. I just repaired a large gas system where the installers used tape, a lot of tape, and the joints started leaking after a couple of years.

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 Re: Shower/Tub Faucet Leak
Author: Anonymous User

Thank you. Is pipe joint compound the preferred approach in the industry? The manufacturer's direction suggest tape. How long does it take to harden and seal after applied? How does one prevent it from coming out of the joint as you screw on the connector (a 1/2" male adapter in this case)?hj wrote:hj wrote:

> MY words of wisdom would be to toss the tape and use a paste
> joint compound. I just repaired a large gas system where the
> installers used tape, a lot of tape, and the joints started
> leaking after a couple of years.

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 Re: Shower/Tub Faucet Leak
Author: Anonymous User

Steve,

The leak (a single drop) appears to come from on top of the connector. Paste sealant-- do you mean the gray pipe joint compound? How long for this to harden/seal?



Post Edited (10-27-02 19:59)

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 Re: Shower/Tub Faucet Leak
Author: hj (AZ)

It is usable immediately, and you do not have to worry about it staying in the joint. It does it by itself. as long as you apply it to the pipe and not the fitting.

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 Re: Shower/Tub Faucet Leak
Author: Anonymous User

hj wrote:

> It is usable immediately, and you do not have to worry about it
> staying in the joint. It does it by itself. as long as you
> apply it to the pipe and not the fitting.

"Apply to Pipe"--do you mean the female part of the tub fixture that the copper connector nut (male adapter) screws into?

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 Re: Shower/Tub Faucet Leak
Author: Anonymous User

Use pipe dope on the male threads.

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 Re: Shower/Tub Faucet Leak
Author: Anonymous User

I applied Rectorseal "T Plus 2" teflon sealant and still have a leak. Any specific products to recommend? Is the pipe dope a stronger tape than the regular pipe thread that came with the faucet? I turned the nut 2 turns past handtight. Should it be tighter or am I tightening too much?

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 Re: Shower/Tub Faucet Leak
Author: Anonymous User

dcplumber wrote:

> Use pipe dope on the male threads.
I used "T Plus 2" teflon sealant on the second go-around and still have leaks.

Is the pipe dope a stronger tape than the regular pipe thread that came with the faucet? Is this the preferred approach (pro's) to the paste sealants?

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 Re: Shower/Tub Faucet Leak
Author: Anonymous User

Rectorseal should seal it up, you may have to tighten it more. Sometimes you can wrap the threads with teflon tape and add some pipe dope to the taped threads. Are you sure the copper male adapter isn't leaking at the solder joint?

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