When it comes to your home’s plumbing it is always good to make sure you listen to your plumber, especially when it comes to PTFE and compression fittings. When it comes to plumbing, the biggest telltale sign of either a Do it Yourself plumber or amateur plumber whom does not have enough qualified experience, is found to be in compression fittings nine out of ten times. In this article we will go over how NOT to fit a compression fitting with PTFE.
How not to fit a compression fitting with PTFE
One of the first things that a Do-it-yourself plumber usually does when cutting a 15-millimeter pipe and then fitting a compression either straight, bend or tee piece is to put the nut on followed by the ferrule, often referred to as an olive. Once the nut and the “olive” are in place on the pipe for some reason the PTFE will go on the thread and then it is placed on the pipe. Once this is in place the nut will then be tightened onto the threat that has the PTFE on the compression fitting and it will be tightened either by using a spanner or a set of grips.
It comes as no surprise when professional plumbers come across problems such as this 1 out of 2 times when the previous work was accomplished by an amateur or Do-it-yourself plumber. Below we explain how PTFE should be used with compression fittings.
How a compression fitting should be fitted to a 15 mm copper pipe
Professional and experienced plumbers will precisely know how tight the compression fitting should be. A hint, once the ferrule has gripped the pipe then there should be no more than one full turn.
If the pipe and the compression fitting is new, then there should be no need for PTFE to begin with. PTFE is only good in scenarios such as putting on the ferrule but only if the “olive” has been used before and there is a slight weep to the fitting. An experienced and professional plumber will understand when and where to use PTFE and when it is not needed.
Always hire a Professional and Experienced Plumber
It may appear to many that plumbing is a fairly easy trade to self-teach. However, there are areas in any trade that are not quite that easy to learn and mistakes can be made all too often. The above is just one prime example of mistakes that are quite often made by amateur plumbers and Do-it-yourself plumbers that can end up causing more harm than good.
Opting for the cheapest method to make a plumbing repair, sometimes it may be fine, but at other times it may actually end up costing you more in the long-run than if you had of opted to contact a professional to begin with. There are many small plumbing projects that most homeowners can easily do themselves with a little prep work such as changing out faucets, showerheads, or even exchanging seals in the toilet tank. However, when it comes to leaking pipes and other more complex problems with your home’s plumbing, you may want to think twice.
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The next time you need plumbing-related work done around the home, opt to call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg instead of opting for the cheaper plumber in Craigslist. It could mean the difference between a hundred dollars and ten thousand dollars.
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