I disconnected my gas dryer for some construction work and now ready
to re-connect it.
The dryer, flex hose, and fittings were all replaced three months ago.
I have a few questions:
1. Since these connectors are almost brand new, I assume there is no
reason to replace them? Or should I play it safe and get new
connectors, or even replace the flex hose?
2. Do I need to install new pipe dope or teflon tape when
reconnecting? I believe pipe dope (some green stuff) was used when the
plumber did the original install, but assume it is dried out now so I
3. What kind of wrench should I use to tighten the connectors? Is
there any danger of overtightening, or should I go as far as I can?
I realize I should do the dishwasher soap test to ensure there are no
leaks once I'm done.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Hmm, seems a bit incongruous to say these 2 things in the same post:
1 - Connectors are ok.
2 - It's easy to overtighten and destroy the fittings.
How could any of us, sitting ~24" from a computer screen, know if #1
is true, especially in light of #2?
Only the OP can determine the condition of the hoses and connectors.
The rest of us can only speculate.
On Wed, 27 Feb 2008 13:54:11 -0800 (PST), " firstname.lastname@example.org"
Now that you mention it, I initially left the hose connected to the
dryer side and tried to get it through a door but the hose wouldn't
fit, so it got twisted around a bit as I disconnected it while the
dryer was in an awkward position.
So to play it safe I guess I should invest in a new hose.
As far as the fittings are concened, how would I know if they are
damaged? The connectors were extremely tight; it took quite a bit of
force to remove them.
What is the ideal tool to use to ensure that the fittings are properly
tightened, but not overtightened?
Frankly it's always bothered me when all the instructions say is, "do
not overtighten." That leaves it open to opinion. Your idea of
overtighten is not my idea of overtighten, and both are probably
completely different from the manufacturer's idea of overtighten.
Ideally, they'd provide a torque spec, but then you'd need to rent/
borrow/buy an expensive torque wrench, or rig up some Rube Goldberg
contraption with a scale to measure torque.
From a technical standpoint, you want the joint tightened to the
minimum torque where it doesn't leak: Use a standard wrench, and
gently increase the torque little by little until you don't get any
bubbles when you slather soapy water on the joint. Obviously, with
natural gas involved, this is not an ideal method because you could
well have the house full of gas before you get the joints all tighened
adequately, so you need to GUESS. Use your best judgement. Don't
noodle-arm the wrenches, but don't go HULK SMASH on them either.
Unless you're a total wimp or a massive body builder, your idea of
tight-but-not-too-tight will be close enough.
On Thu, 28 Feb 2008 07:54:36 -0800 (PST), email@example.com
My mother always used to say, Don't use too much. That bothered me
quite a bit until I decided to replace it in my ears with "It's
possible to use too much." That still left the determination in my
lap, but at least it wasn't an annoyingly vague instruction..
So just read it as "It's possible to overtighten."
If you don't know what you are doing, you need to hire a plumber. If
locally allowed to work on gas, you need to hire a plumber. With that
will probably do what you will do, and so I think it's best to say why
a plumber will
do what he will do.
A plumber will:
-replace the flex hose and any damaged or doubtful adapters. It's
cheaper than an explosion.
-never use teflon tape. It is not for gas lines. Small pieces can
off. Some tf tapes are allowable for gas - read the label. Rectorseal
-properly tighten the connector, but not overtighten it.
-not use dish soap to check for leaks. Instead, he will use a leak-
fluid, which costs only a few dollars at a plumbing house and is made
the proper consistency for reliability.
But again, gas is not a place to make mistakes. Propane is
On Wed, 27 Feb 2008 13:56:52 -0800 (PST), autobus firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for the advice. To be honest I planned to re-connect the dryer
temporarily, to use for a few weeks. Then after the construction is
done I planned to hire a plumber to check everything including
replacing some old leaky water valves.
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