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Sealing Pipe Joints

By November 29, 2012

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Get a good seal in threaded pipe joints by using sealant. Plumbing projects and repairs are often made up of various fixtures and fittings joined to pipes. Each joint is potentially a leak just waiting to happen. To get a good watertight seal it is important to fill the spaces between the threads of a pipe and the threads of a fitting with some type of sealant.

Two thread sealant options are:

  1. Pipe joint compound - a spreadable sealant that is brushed or in some way spread onto the threads of a pipe.
  2. Teflon tape - a tape that is rolled onto the threads of a pipe.

Both options help improve the seal created at a threaded joint when used correctly.


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