Yeah, I know. Seeing as it is only a 'pinhole' leak, I thought I'd
check to see if there was a product certified for this purpose.
Sounds like there isn't. I'll give the loctite some consideration,
but will probably go with breaking it apart and putting in a union.
Don't even get me started. My favorite was the 1/2" copper water line
which they bent - without benefit of a bender - about 20 degrees to
get it around something. It crimped considerably, and they wanted to
leave it like that, arguing that not only did it meet code, but it
also met the standards of 'good workmanship' which the contract
specified. I ended up cutting it out and repairing it myself, as I
refused to have the wall closed up with that in it. Or the standard
'duct tape' (which doesn't meet code, at least here) that they used
to tape up some HVAC duct work, and then when I protested treated me
like *I* was the idiot for not knowing that "That's what duct tape is
for - ducts!".
Thanks (everyone) for the recommendations,
Indeed, I see the Loctite remedy as a possibility
But I find a second layer of protection to be nice. Such as
But to keep it from niggling at the back of your mind,
redoing those joints correctly is going to do a lot for your
mental wellbeing. Gonna be a while before you trust someone
else to do a job, isn't it?
Loctite could well do it for you, though.
On Feb 17, 7:39 pm, email@example.com wrote:
Sure hate those extra-long URLs. After pasting the second line
of the site on, we get a portion of their product line that reads
Loctiteฎ Liquid Thread Sealants seal and secure metal
pipes and fittings, filling the space between threaded metal parts,
and hardening to prevent leakage. Designed for low and high
pressure applications, liquid thread sealants seal instantly
for low pressure testing. When fully cured, they seal to the
burst strength of most piping systems.
Tonight, on a Mythbusters sequence, they had a propane setup
with a leak. They used a vacuum to draw Crazyglue into the joint,
then finished the seal with "Engine Epoxy". They can't show
brand names, but it was J.B.Weld that they were using.
The Loctite product 579 is meant to be applied prior to assembly to
clean & dry threads. Parts are to be assembled & torqued, low
strength seal achieved immediately, high strength in 24 hrs.
I doubt this stuff will work "after the fact" unless there is a method
to draw the material into the thread plus any contamination might
Gas lines aren't under much pressure. I suspect that the "right stuff"
cold seal it even without turning off the gas. If you could turn off the
gas even chewing gum might work.
If you could draw a slight vacuum ...
On Feb 17, 3:18 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
If it were anything but a flammable, I'd consider it, but it's too
risky w/ the fuel line imo.
If it were me, if you don't want to do it yourself, I'd hire somebody
competent and send the bill to the bumbleheads. I guess strictly
speaking, they're owed a chance to make it right, but I'd be reluctant
to give them another chance since it is the propane line.
If it is a _major_ dissassembly to get there, while not ideal, could
cut the line and insert a union to put it back together -- while fewer
joints is better, I'd be more comfortable w/ two non-leaking joints
than one leaker w/ a patch...
One answer is to call the bumbleheads back, and ask them to redo
the job. Of course, this might not work any better the second
I know of no after the assembly sealant. Wish I did, I coulda
used it myself a few times.
At this point, the repair is considerable work. Dissemble the
pipe from the union to where the leak is. It's also possible to
take the elbow out with a sawzall, and dissemble some pipe.
Replace a length of pipe with two shorter pieces, and another
Christopher A. Young
You can\'t shout down a troll.
On Sun, 18 Feb 2007 09:43:49 -0500, "Stormin Mormon"
I am surprised that we got this far into this thread and nobody has
pointed out pipe dope and teflon tape is there as a lubricant, not a
sealant. It allows you to get the pipe tight enough for a good metal
to metal seal. Any of these "after the fact" solutions are just a hack
that may fail later and blow up your house. If you ever saw a gas
explosion you would not even think about doing this. It will turn your
house into kindling spread around the neighborhood.
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