Yep, an SNL skit from that error. Good one. I think my all time favorite
is the Bass-O-Matic though. Even better when wacked-out in the
70's...if ya know what I mean.
Oh, they make all kinds of pipe dopes now, with teflon, which should never
really dry out or crack, if that ever was a problem with old pipe dope and
Teflon pipe dope is even messier than the original pipe dope!
Still, I use teflon tape, and prayer.
But if I had a "serious" job, I'd proly go with teflon dope/string, esp. on
anything 1" or over. This way, you also don't have to crank so goddamm
I believe they also make different thicknesses in the teflon tape, fwiw.
It should -- it's virtually foolproof, albeit a messy pita. Sewing thread
works well, also, if the string is too thick/bulky.
And there are all thicknesses of sewing thread, as well.
It seems that, from other posts in this thread, that the closest one gets to
a seal between pipe and fitting, the better the joint. Which suggests as
thin sewing thread + dope that will do the job..
One way to gauge this might be to screw a joint together with dope by
itself, see the net "penetration", and then choose a thread weight that
gives you 90-95% of this penetration.
Thick string could cut this penetration in half, which means a lot of string
is between the mating parts, which could, over time, dry out and poss.
leak -- in theory.
Teflon dope is proly a good idea w/ string/thread.
This is definately worth trying. I assume I'd wrap thread up the PVC pipe
threads, then smear dope over it to hold it in place for installation, cut off
the inside end of the thread and screw the pipe together. Is that right?
Actually, it's easier to dope up the threads first, and wrap the thread into
the dope -- holds the thread nice.
Then, screw together, snap off/snip off any excess string. Much less
juggling this way.
Heh, iffin yer feeling creative, you might could try a very lightweight
fishing line.... the Q would be, is the nylon fishing line more
compressible than the PVC material....
If this works, the fishing line would never dry out.... if that is even an
issue with doped-up thread.
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