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I'm putting the barbs on my blocks and I wanted to know how much Teflon tape to use. Should I use enough where I can't see the threads anymore, but I can still screw it in or is that too much?
    
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I think you just give it a couple of wraps and its good to go!
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I think you just give it a couple of wraps and its good to go!
Is it possible to use too much tape?
    
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are you having problems with the barb having too much wiggle room? yeah you can use too much tape...you still want threads so it will get tight...the tape just helps the seal.
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I did 1 layer, you just need enough to fill the gaps. You don't want to create more gaps because you over wrapped.
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i guess as long as it "screws" in and you cant pull it out then your ok but I wouldnt wrap too much tape around it, not sure what would happen but it might spit out some day lol as long as you have a good screw down it will be fine no matter how much tape you use i would think
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post #7 of 12
Just a single layer coating is all thats needed unless the fittings are very loose. I wouldnt put more than 3, although I used none myself.
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post #8 of 12
are they bspp or bspt or npt threads?

taper threads need tape...parallel threads do not (that is why they come with the o-ring)

the tape keeps fluid from making its way up the threads. alsthough taper threads tighten against each other, there is often room for liquid to pass, hence the need for tape. the o-ring on a parallel thread fitting keeps any liquid from passing

and yes, you can use too much tape. one wrap is sufficient and remember to wrap it towards the direction of the threads so the end doesnt peel up when you thread it in
    
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post #9 of 12
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are they bspp or bspt or npt threads?

taper threads need tape...parallel threads do not (that is why they come with the o-ring)

the tape keeps fluid from making its way up the threads. alsthough taper threads tighten against each other, there is often room for liquid to pass, hence the need for tape. the o-ring on a parallel thread fitting keeps any liquid from passing

and yes, you can use too much tape. one wrap is sufficient and remember to wrap it towards the direction of the threads so the end doesnt peel up when you thread it in
They are bspp threads I think. I have the danger den high flow for all the swiftech products and bitspower fittings for my pa120.3

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Originally Posted by DIRTYDUCK View Post
are you having problems with the barb having too much wiggle room?
No, it's just that I'm really scared of leaking....
    
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post #10 of 12
using tape on bspp fittigns can acutally do more harm than good. bspp fittigns are made to "bottom out" so the o-ring makes contact with the flat surface. tape can keep them from reaching that point.

if it has an o-ring and you dont over-tighen it, it wont leak. you are going to do a leak test anyways...right?
    
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