Teflon tape, properly known as “thread seal tape,” is used in the plumbing industry to seal the threads at the end of a pipe.
Thanks to its unique construction, when used properly,
Of course, there are more uses to
Teflon tape is made of polytetrafluoroethylene. That’s a mouthful, so it’s called PTFE for short. This PTFE tape comes pre-cut to a specific width and is then wound on a spool so you can decide how long your piece needs to be.
The material of
You’ll find the tape material is stretchy, allowing you to wrap it tightly while the material is able to conform to the threads of the pipe. This tape is also water repellent, which is why it’s used in plumbing.
Multi-purpose thread sealant tape.
Blue Monster PTFE Thread Seal Tape is a thicker, denser, general-purpose thread seal tape that comes in a monstrous 1,429" roll. That’s 5 times more tape than conventional rolls of low-density thin tapes. Fewer wraps are necessary to affect a leak-proof seal and it applies easily. No waste and no re-taping make sealing joints a breeze.
What Are The Other Names Of
Other names for
You might also hear it called seal tape, PTFE thread seal tape, pipe seedling tape, yellow
Teflon Tape Used For?
For plumbers, PTFE tape is essential when sealing up pipe threads before making connections. But, thanks to its many properties, there are many professional and casual uses for it.
Just consider that it’s…
- Chemical inert, so it won’t react with other elements. That makes it ideal for applications where solvents, gases, or acids may be lurking.
- Robustly resistant to pressure, which makes it suitable for fuel injection systems and other high bar applications.
- Resistant to high arcs and performs well in high temperatures, making it ideal for use with capacitors, wire harnesses, and high-temperature coils.
- Non-stick, making it easy to remove or reapply without the need to clean up messy adhesive.
What Do The Different Colours Of
Teflon Tape Mean?
In the United States, standards have been set forth to help plumbers (and everyone else) quickly distinguish between the different specifications of
If you need something extra dense, go for red tape. Red
With double the density of white tape, yellow PTFE tape is made for fuel lines and gas lines.
Commercial quality for industrial or home use.
This thread sealant tape is compatible with hundreds of applications and is easy to use and remove. The tape will never harden or crack, creating a worry-free and leak-free connection.
The perfect thread sealant tape for gas line connections!
A wide range of temperature and pressure ratings make this the ideal PTFE tape for use with solvents, chemicals, oxygen, propane, natural gas, and on food lines.
PTFE thread sealant tape designed for sealing oxygen-based lines.
Piping systems and additional piping that use oxygen need a specialized thread tape for their sensitive system. Therefore, a thread sealant was developed in green tape for these specialty plumbing lines.
What Are The Hazards of Incorrect Use?
When you pick the right type of
Teflon tape actually has no adhesive properties whatsoever. it would also do a poor job of shielding you from electrical shock, so don’t use them interchangeably.
How To Use And Apply
Teflon Tape Correctly
- Find the male threads at the end of the pipe. Clean them with a clean dry rag.
- Take the end of your plumber’s tape and place it on the second thread from the pipe’s end. Hold it there with your finger or thumb. The tape should sit flat over the threads and not bunch up. Extend it perpendicularly to the length of the pipe.
- Start wrapping the tape around the pipe, going in the opposite direction that the pipe will be turned when you’re connecting it to the other pipe you’re working with.
- Keep tension on the tape, ensuring that it is snugly wrapped around the pipe. As you overlap the tape, work gradually away from the end of the pipe to completely cover the threads.
- In total, you should wrap the tape around the pipe 4 to 6 times. Finish near the end of the threads, opposite from the pipe’s end. Don’t overwrap the tape too much as that will hinder your ability to connect the pipes securely.
- Grip the tape with your thumb and forefinger, then pull it sharply to break the end of the tape from the spool when you’re finished wrapping. It should break easily.
- Smooth the loose end of the tape over the threads so nothing is sticking up or bunched up. You can now put the pipe into its fitting, Done!
Keep the first two threads of pipe free of any PTFE tape. This will allow the pipe to engage the fitting and easily start your connection.
After you are done wrapping your
Cut off the excess tape on the remaining exposed threads at connections that you can see. This will keep your work looking extra-professional at shower head connections or exposed plumbing underneath pedestal sinks.
A few wraps of
Of course, if you’re ever in doubt about how to apply it or what kind you should be using, consider reaching out to a professional to answer your questions. They’ll make sure the job is done right so you don’t have to deal with the headache of a leak down the road.
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