Discussion in 'Equipment, Lighting, Hardware, Aquarium Filtration' started by AZDesertRat, Jan 10, 2010.
Thank you! I will try that. I am hoping the gasket is usable.
Never use a lubricant or sealant, it inhibits the rubber vulcanizing process which is much of the seal.
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Went to Lowe's and HD, this is what they had, any one of the three a winner?
I've used the Oatley
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I also have some of the Oatey in my toolbox but prefer the stick versions as it is much thicker. You might try Ace Hardware, I bought my last stick there and its probably the LaCo brand private labelled for Ace.
This is directly from gl*******s installation instrucions:
If you have some silicone plumber’s grease (
), squeeze a tiny bit on the gaskets,
just a nice little film. I like to use as little as possible to cover the entire gasket. I like to put a
dab on the bulkhead threads, as well. You don’t really have to do this step, but I feel better
about the whole deal when I do, and it makes future disassembly easier.
I would completely disagree, clean and dry is you best option. Lubricants on the gaskets inhibit the vulcanizing process or the rubber not to mention causes them to scoot out of place and distort. Also lubricants on the jamb nut threads allow it to loosen up with the slightest movement which is something you don't want. I stand by my suggestions based on 38 years in the water operations and maintenance industry, seen a lot of them over the years.
I've done a lot of mantainence work in my career also... and some things to consider: You put antiseize on bolt threads and they don't untighten with any small bump. The argument I have heard on not using lubricants on bulkheads that makes most sense is that it can end up resulting in overtightening and breaking the nut. I typically install a bulkhead with threads outside so that I don't get any buildup on the threads...and getting it off later isn't ever a problem. As for lubrication on the threads causing the gasket to shift...that would likely only happen if the gasket is not sized properly or you overtighten. I think it's just a preference matter, really...not so much a right and wrong. It can be done either way, without problems, or done either way with problems resulting.
Agreed, And I always thought that was the whole point to the design of "Tapered Threads"???
Tapered threads are typically used when threads are used to make the seal....usually needing teflon tape or pipe dope. Bolt or straight threads are for squeezing an item or more than one item together.
The outside threads on a bulkhead are not NPT or tapered threads so do not get tighter the more you turn the nut. As Engloid said, they are more like bolt threads with no taper so depend on the nut to stay tight thus the suggestion to not use any sealants or lubricants, clean and dry. You will experience more problems with a lubricated gasket versus a clean, dry gasket guaranteed.
Thanks for sharing that info.
Azdesertrat is 100% right
Good read thanks
The second gasket that comes with the kit must be used between the overflow box, and the tank. The first one goes behind the flange. As has been stated many time, a gasket never goes next to the nut no matter the bulkhead's orientation.
I'm from the camp that likes a film or silicon plumbers grease on the gasket, and a dab of Oatley Teflon paste on the pipe threads of theaded bulkheads.
I use the Oatley.
No Loctite. Plumber's items are best
None of those tubes of paste is comparable to the PVC lubricant sticks. I have the Oatey too but use it for a different purpose. If you have not tried the LaCo or similar stick type PVC thread lubricant you will be very surprised at how well it works.
Nothing is needed on the nut, it will stay tight under normal use by itself and things like paste or teflon will actually make it loosen up and Loctite will make it hard to remove, defeating the purpose.
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