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Trick of the Trade: Applying Teflon Tape

Trick of the Trade: Applying Teflon Tape

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There is a reason that “non-handy” people sometimes struggle so awkwardly with mechanical tasks. It’s because there is an entire playbook of simple, untold habits that so-called “handy” people have picked up. People like carpenters, plumbers, handymen, electricians, auto body workers, welding technicians – people who work with their hands for a living (or a hobby!). If you tinker with things enough, especially from a young age, you get a feel for how to do things that it’s hard to learn any other way.

This leads to a communication impasse at times. A mechanically-minded person will delegate what they consider a straightforward task. But there are two problems – one, the engineering mindset may have left out some logical steps along the way, and expect you to fill in the gaps. For instance, “Go plug in an extension cord for me.” What you discover is that a) the extension cord lying right there is too short, and you will need to go get the other longer one from the garage. Second, there are no plugs nearby so you will have to run it through the window. And third, the breaker is tripped, so you will need to reset the switch in order for the power plug to work.

The second problem with delegating is that even AFTER the task is done, the handy person may come back and determine it has been done incorrectly. Yes, you may have attached the extension cord, but did you knot the two cords together so that, if pulled, they won’t dettach?

No? Then you did it incorrectly. Because the handy person doing the delegating may not specify all the untold habits that may come into play. I can remember clearly in my own household, “But you didn’t SAY that,” my mother will cry frustratedly.

These little tricks of the trade are also why experienced mechanics or carpenters or construction workers can almost instantly spot a novice’s work: the little things are off.

So, in this spirit, I’d like to share a few useful tricks, although I can’t take any credit for them: I’ve learned them from the mechanics in my own life. Today, how to apply Teflon tape.

Teflon tape
Teflon tape is applied to threaded fittings so that liquid or air does not leak out of the threads. It’s a white tape, simply wrapped around the fitting. Not hard, right?

Teflon tape and fitting
But there’s a trick. You want to wrap that tape so that when you screw in the fitting, the tape doesn’t UN-wrap itself. Think about it: if you screw in a fitting “righty tighty, lefty loosey” you want the tape to be wrapped in the same direction so that it tightens on the threads as you tighten the fitting.
But it’s hard to think in three dimensions like that while you are standing there with a roll in your hand. So I learned to do it the same way every time. I’m left handed, so I hold the fitting in my left hand, threads out, thumb on top.
Hold fitting in left hand, threads out, thumb on top
Hold Teflon tape in right hand, twist fitting to the left as you wrap the tape.
Start tape holding in right hand, end under left thumb
Twist fitting to the right as you unroll tape
Following that procedure, the tape comes out wrapped the correct way every time. If you are right handed, adjust to make it work for you. You can use trial and error to figure it out the first time, since no matter what configuration you hold things, in the end your only two end results are tape wrapped counter- or clock-wise. The key is, once you find a way that works, stick with it!

When to use PTFE teflon yellow or white tapes or pipe dope

When to use PTFE teflon yellow or white tapes or pipe dope

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The purpose thread seal tape (also known as “Teflon tape”) or pipe dope, there are three:

First, the quality of lubricating oil so that the male is opened deeper inner threaded fittings to prevent leakage;

Second, it acts as a filler to smooth the thread micro scratches or surface irregularities;

Third, it is the male and female threads together Rusty (aka catch);
There are many comments about the early photographs show the sealing tape that is wrapped in the wrong direction (thank you for pointing out my supervision).

Different Grades of Teflon Tape

Different Grades of Teflon Tape

Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) guidelines point out, the pipe sealant should use all threaded fittings, Teflon tape is such a sealant. Teflon tape is also commonly referred to as PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) tape (Teflon is a DuPont brand name owned), or simply “thread tape.” Thread tape is easy to use, and helps lubricate the nipple, because they are connected in addition to forming a tight seal.
There are various grades of tape. Your choice will depend on pipe fittings tape features you use, the nature, types and combinations.

Role pipeline
Your use of the tape grade will be partially functional seal piping will be determined by you. The main types of pipes will carry hot or cold water, fuel oil or natural gas. For the oxygen line, thread tape must be free of grease, so as not to burn. Thread tape is not suitable for vacuum or compressed air systems.

Pipeline nature
You select the tape level will determine the nature of the junction. A permanent joint will be part of the house or building infrastructure, such as water or a main gas pipeline, and will require little or no maintenance. Semi-permanent joint will need routine maintenance joints, such as the kitchen or bathroom plumbing. Thread tape is ideal for semi-permanent joint, and pipe sealant will be permanent joint better choice.

Category Pipe and Fittings
Tape thread sealant for threaded preferred as plastic parts, because there is little risk of a chemical reaction. Works well on metal parts also thread tape, because its role is to lubricate metal threads into a tight fit and seal. Threaded pipe thread tape should be wrapped in a direction to form the tightest seal.

With the grade, color and density
Thread tape have different colors, different purposes.

White tape is intended for single-density and an inch or less 3/8 pipes. It can sometimes be in a silver color that matches the pipe was found.

Cumbersome triple density, half-inch pipe to two inches in diameter. It is designed for pipes with larger joints, such as water distribution pipes. Note that the container is red, but the tape itself looks pink.

Yellow belt is double density, and design for gas and fuel pipelines.

Green belt is grease and oil, and specifically for the pipeline to carry oxygen.

Please note that these reference indexes with color in the United States only.

Tape Specifications
Thread tape should be a minimum thickness of 3.5 mils, with 99 percent of the minimum purity of PTFE, and able to withstand extreme range from 550 degrees to 450 degrees Fahrenheit or less zero.

Thread seal tape types

Thread seal tape types

There are two US standards to determine the quality of any Teflon tape. MIL-T-27730A (obsolete military specification is still commonly used in the industry in the United States) the minimum required thickness of 3.5 mils and 99% minimum purity PTFE. [4] The second standard, AA-58092, [5] is a commercial grade which maintains MIL-T-27730A thickness requirements, and increased minimum density of 1.2 g / cm 3 [5] of the relevant industry standards may Changes between. ; Tape gas fitting (UK gas regulations), need to be thicker than water. Although Teflon itself is suitable for use with high-pressure oxygen level it must be known to the tape free of grease.

Seal used in pipeline applications is the most common white, but it is also a different color available. White Teflon is a single density, yellow and pink triple double. It is often used to correspond to the color-coded pipes (United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand: yellow for the natural gas, green is oxygen, etc.). These color codes thread seal tape is Unasco Pty Ltd Bill Bentley in the 1970s introduced. In the UK, the tape is from colored scrolls, for example, using yellow reel gas, green for the drinking water.

White – for 3/8 inch NPT thread
Yellow – for NPT thread 1/2 inch to 2 inches, often labeled “air band”
Pink – for NPT thread 1/2 inch to 2 inches, safety hydrocarbons such as propane fuel
Green – oxygen line and a number of specific medical gas oil free PTFE
Ash – containing nickel, anti-sintering, anti gailling and corrosion for stainless steel pipe
Copper – containing copper particles and is certified as a lubricant instead of thread-sealing machine
In Europe, BSI standard BS-7786: 2006 standard specifies the quality of various grades and PTFE thread seal tape. [6]

How to wrap a pipe with a Teflon tape

How to wrap a pipe with a Teflon tape

Teflon tape is a thin film material, a delicate white bar which we used to tighten the pipe will be attached to the front end plumbing fittings package. Tape jacket pipe threads and contribute to the formation and seal assembly to prevent leakage. It can be a little frustrating work, because it is so fragile, but once you have a leak in the pipeline, it would be worth it.

Make sure the threaded end of the tube is free of dust or debris.

Unplug small length from a roll of tape and, with the thumb, which is pressed on the end of the tube, but no more than the opening in the thread. Tape should be positioned so that when you relax roll around the pipeline, that will be in the same direction, which is fitted to be applied to the tube will go. (Typically, this is clockwise).

Relax pipe in a clockwise direction around the roll of tape, while still maintaining the threaded end of the tube with the thumb of the tape. The end of the first round of the tape should be doubled, and completely covers it (put your thumb after takeoff roll comes around). Then, when you continue to move the thread is wound down. Each process of tape should overlap the previous one by its about half the width of the tape. Keeping tension band you pack up, so you can see the shape of the thread through the tape.

Continue wrapping until you have covered the entire threaded portion of pipe. Then put your thumb on the packaging tape to where you pull a tear roll held. Press the ends of the rest of the film into the strip threaded tear.

The description of Teflon tape

The description of Teflon tape

Teflon tape is a metal and plastic pipe threaded ends used to lubricate the threads wrapped to prevent leakage pipes place to participate in a very thin white tape. Male and female pipe thread ribbon stop filling the tiny gap between leaking. Another method is to use a pipe adhesive bonded materials, which is also sealed and lubricated, allowing for closer engagement. There is also another variety of sealing strip is yellow. Yellow tape is heavy, is a gas line connection. Never use ordinary gas connection, white, Teflon tape.

Note: Please read before attempting any testing or repairs, our security information. Use PTFE Teflon tape does not guarantee leak-free connection. Before entering the seal must be checked from connection, water pressure, leaks.

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Teflon Tape and Plumber’s Teflon Tape Description

Teflon Tape and Plumber’s Teflon Tape Description

Teflon tape

Teflon tape for the gas fittings, also known as gas – rated Teflon tape, yellow and clear that it is used for gas lines and connections. Tape is applicable to all types of pneumatic, including butane, propane and natural gas lines. Gas rated thick Teflon tape, Underwriters Laboratories listed, and has an inner negative 450-550 degrees Fahrenheit temperature range. Tape is easy with a knife or scissors.

Plumbers Teflon tape

If you use Teflon plumber’s tape natural gas pipe, the tape will be over time and gas and steam will escape from the decoration. Plumber’s Teflon is white than yellow gas, rated Teflon tape thinner. Leakage of gas pipes and fittings are dangerous and could cause an explosion. If you feel uncomfortable rated Teflon tape applied gas gas fittings, please contact a plumber or repairman specializing in gas connection and maintenance, complete the gas pipeline installation or maintenance.

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Which direction should wrap Teflon tape?

Which direction should wrap Teflon tape?

Before applying the Teflon tape, clean pipe threads with a rag.
Start wrapped external thread at the end of the pipe, but do not let the tape around the end. If the end of the tape loop of the tube can reduce water pressure and even cause obstruction from bits of tape is pulled into the water lines.
Start with a couple of rings around the end, and then packs all threads overlapping half of each wind the tape width.
Wrapped in a direction from the start and continue towards the end of the threaded pipe length. Wrap the wrong way, it may result in a band coming unwound as the joint is tightened.
As you pack, keeping tension on the tape so that it pulled into threads.
If you loosen or disconnect connector, remove the old tape and a piece of fresh repackaging it.

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Application

1. Ptfe Tape is widely used in applicable strong oxidant, strong acid, oxygen, gas, high temperature steam and various chemical corrosive of Pipes and valves interface.

2. Ptfe Tape can be long term used in the temperature between -190°C to +360°C.

3. Ptfe Tape is used in hardware, construction, chemical and electronic, national defence, transport, medicine and other areas.

4. Ptfe Tape is widely used in industrial applications, civil-construction, machinery, chemicals, and space navigation especially in drainage systems, and are characteristics of thread sealing, insulation, corrosion resistance anti-aging, using in oxidizing agent for a long term.

 

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Detail Description

1.Brand Zhongxin
2. Composition 100% Ptfe
3. Density 0.2g-0.45g/cm3
4. Percentage elongation ≥25%
5. High pressure resistance 150-200kg/cm2
6. Residual lubricant(max) ≤0.5%
7. Temperature -190°C to + 370°C
8. Tensile strength ≥8Mpa
9. Color Pink, white, yellow or other colors base on certain MOQ.
10.Length 5-50m
11. Thickness 0.075mm-0.2mm
12. Width 3-100mm
13.Standard or Nonstandard standard
14.Place of Origin Fujian, China(Mainland)
15.Minimum Order Quantity 50,000 pcs

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Packaging Detail

Inner packing: 10pcs tape wrapped in transparent shrink foil / box or one pcs in a small box as clients’ requirement.

Outer packing: 250pcs/carton, 4 cartons/master carton, or as per customer’s request.

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Special Features

Insulativity high and low temperature resistance
good heat-stability good resistance to abrasion
non-stick surface Durability
nonflammability corrosion resistance
excellent weather resistance radiation resistance
chemical resistance a long-term preservation
good sealing effect High voltage
high strength nontoxicity

Application

1. Ptfe Tape is widely used in applicable strong oxidant, strong acid, oxygen, gas, high temperature steam and various chemical corrosive of Pipes and valves interface.

2. Ptfe Tape can be long term used in the temperature between -190°C to +360°C.

3. Ptfe Tape is used in hardware, construction, chemical and electronic, national defence, transport, medicine and other areas.

4. Ptfe Tape is widely used in industrial applications, civil-construction, machinery, chemicals, and space navigation especially in drainage systems, and are characteristics of thread sealing, insulation, corrosion resistance anti-aging, using in oxidizing agent for a long term.

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Detail Description

1.Brand Zhongxin
2. Composition 100% Ptfe
3. Density 0.2g-0.45g/cm3
4. Percentage elongation ≥25%
5. High pressure resistance 150-200kg/cm2
6. Residual lubricant(max) ≤0.5%
7. Temperature -190°C to + 370°C
8. Tensile strength ≥8Mpa
9. Color Pink, white, yellow or other colors base on certain MOQ.
10.Length 5-50m
11. Thickness 0.075mm-0.2mm
12. Width 3-100mm
13.Standard or Nonstandard standard
14.Place of Origin Fujian, China(Mainland)
15.Minimum Order Quantity 50,000 pcs

Color Ptfe Tape

 

Packaging Detail

Inner packing: 10pcs tape wrapped in transparent shrink foil / box or one pcs in a small box as clients’ requirement.

Outer packing: 250pcs/carton, 4 cartons/master carton, or as per customer’s request.

ptfe tape package

Special Features

Insulativity high and low temperature resistance
good heat-stability good resistance to abrasion
non-stick surface Durability
nonflammability corrosion resistance
excellent weather resistance radiation resistance
chemical resistance a long-term preservation
good sealing effect High voltage
high strength nontoxicity

Application

1. Ptfe Tape is widely used in applicable strong oxidant, strong acid, oxygen, gas, high temperature steam and various chemical corrosive of Pipes and valves interface.

2. Ptfe Tape can be long term used in the temperature between -190°C to +360°C.

3. Ptfe Tape is used in hardware, construction, chemical and electronic, national defence, transport, medicine and other areas.

4. Ptfe Tape is widely used in industrial applications, civil-construction, machinery, chemicals, and space navigation especially in drainage systems, and are characteristics of thread sealing, insulation, corrosion resistance anti-aging, using in oxidizing agent for a long term.

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