I noticed that the plumber that did some finish work did two things that
seemed questionable to me. 1) He used white teflon tape at gas connections
for water heater, etc. He says that the only diff between that and yellow
tape is that yellow tape is thicker and if you wrap white tape around more
it is like using yellow tape. Is this true? He also used no hub connectors
off of threaded cast iron nipples out of the wall and then built his ABS
drain assembly off of that. Is this acceptable. How long before those no
hub connectors start to leak? I have a 10' run from my dishwasher to sink
connection. Can I run the 5/8" drain hose high from the dishwasher, and
drop under the sink and do my 2' coil under there rather than do it at the
dishwasher for the air gap? And finally, is it better to use braided 3/8"
water line or soft copper or does it matter?
<< He used white teflon tape at gas connections for water heater, etc >>
Teflon tape is a thread lubricant, not a sealant. Teflon pipe dope or
conventional pipe dope is preferred by many professionals. This has been
discussed to death in this NG...check the archives.
<< He also used no hub connectors off of threaded cast iron nipples out of the
wall and then built his AB >>
Does this guy have a license?
<< Can I run the 5/8" drain hose high from the dishwasher, and drop under the
sink and do my 2' coil under there rather than do it at the dishwasher for the
air gap? >>
Not clear what you're asking here..I'll pass.
<< And finally, is it better to use braided 3/8" water line or soft copper >>
Braided lines appear to be more reliable and easier to install. Your decide.
I am not a plumber but I do this stuff now and then. That said.
Maybe I am old fashioned. I never use anything but the higher priced pipe
dope for gas connections.
These are good for 10 years or more in exposed locations and easy to replace
if needed. I might or might not have done it this way based on the existing
I am pretty sure the loop if used needs to be at the back of the dishwasher
to prevent accidental drainage. You need to get the drain line up high
behind or beside the DW. The "loop" is normally only used where an air gap
is not required. In a normal side by side you go up to the air gap and down
to the drain.
The incoming water line can be of your choice. The flex line is far easier
to use. I have done it both ways and will use the flex for my next
Never, ever use white teflon tape for gas connections. First, it isn't
rated for gas, and secondly, the little hair-like fray that peels away
from the pipe edges is bound to go downstream and hang up a regulator,
foul a pilot orifice, or hang up a diaphragm within a gas valve. I hope
you take the time to point this out to the inspector.
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