Installing Bulkhead Tips

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  1. drtrash

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    Poor flow, ( less surface area), thars why coast to coast are the best surface skimmer
     
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    The 1” bulkheads that I recently bought each came with two gaskets. Is there any reason NOT to put a gasket on both the flange and the nut side?
     
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    Flange side, not the nut side. It may not matter at all. I have heard regarding having gaskets on the outside is that they will likely crack/deteriorate over time due to being dry and under "pressure".
     
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  4. Yellowsound

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    Thanks Vetteguy. Sounds like it’d be safer to just stick w/ the single gasket on the flange side.
     
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    Absolutely. Leaks not welcomed :)
     
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    Hi all, i set up my new 100g tank, i put bulkheads go with some minimal water level in box to see if bulk leaks, no leaks.

    When I started to setup pipes, when i finish i see couple of drops, about one drop in 5 min.

    So now is hard to get it more tighten, should i leave it, it dip on valve then going to sump, like i said very small amount. What should i do?
     
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    how are the pipes connected?
     
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    Pipes are conected with pvc glue, and I glue pipes to bulkhead.

    I can remove valve and i have union flat joint on other pipes, so i can remove them. But i dont know if i can tighten it more, i tighten with hand a maximum and then with toolkith 1/8 of circle.
     
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    can you determine where the leak is coming from?
     
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    Bulkheads only need to be hand tightened. I have seen many times the pipe is torquing the bulkhead a bit and preventing the seal.
     
  11. Fiberco

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    I just replaced my bulkheads on my 180 gallon reef ready tank. I installed them just as you described except this time I purchased a bulkhead nut tool. Best $12 I ever spent!
     
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    6EBDBA38-4302-44F8-8C98-84407076B1F4.jpeg 6EBDBA38-4302-44F8-8C98-84407076B1F4.jpeg If anybody is doing this for the first time and they just bought a new tank, do yourself a favor and buy a bulkhead nut tool from BRS. They don’t come with the tanks most of the time.
    I just replaced my bulkheads and plumbing and sump and the tool made it a lot easier to remove and replace the bulkheads. Boy, was I dumb the first time! 431A5307-CC96-485F-8A3E-9F9A2CED9AB3.jpeg

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    This is a great thread. I recently installed 2 bulkheads on my new tank and they both have a small intermittent drip. I think it is my fault as I put silicone grease on the gaskets. By this thread, I should not have done that. I plan on replacing bulkheads this weekend. And need to find thread sealant as new bukheads are threaded. Will not use Teflon tape after reading this thread
     
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    Just an update. Replaced both bulkheads and no leaking now. I used the thread sealant for the first time. Easy to use and worked great. No leaks. Will use from now on.
     
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    Wasn’t aware of bulkhead tool. Gonna get 1 from BRS.
     
  16. Zan101

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    Nice setup
     
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    Great article and just in time. I will be drilling a tank, first time drilling and installing bulkheads in the coming weeks. The article identified some techniques that I would have done incorrectly. Thank goodness for this forum.
     
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    Where are people buying quality bulkheads these days? Seems most of the big online aquarium retailers are selling the cheap ones.
     
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    Schedule 80 from BRS
     
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