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Old 04-08-2013, 04:57 PM   #1
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low point drain leaks - options?

I drained my system last fall and got things back together yesterday and today.

The low point drain 'caps' are leaking...not much once I added teflon tape and gorilla torque...but still a drop here and there when under 55psi city pressure.

Anyone got a solution? Would gluing valves on there be a good option? No more caps!
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Heck, my ball valves are leaking a drop or two... Have been since I lost the caps when I did something at the end of last season. So far, I've lived with it...

Really need to take them off, rewrap tape on them and put them back on.
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:07 PM   #3
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I drained my system last fall and got things back together yesterday and today.

The low point drain 'caps' are leaking...not much once I added teflon tape and gorilla torque...but still a drop here and there when under 55psi city pressure.

Anyone got a solution? Would gluing valves on there be a good option? No more caps!
Did you loose the gaskets?
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:09 PM   #4
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:28 PM   #5
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Close - those caps match the fresh water tank drain.

My caps are gray plastic and hex in shape so you can put a wrench or socket on them (which I did...no, nothing is cracked!)

No gaskets, before or after my meddling with things. The threads I would think are pipe threads - tapered - so wrapped some teflon tape and its a lot better, but still dripping.

I don't think a hose type gasket would fit in the cap. Pipe dope would do it, but i've always had to use heat to get that apart and everything's plastic.

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Go to lowes or hd and buy 2 1/2inch pvc ball valves. Use a lot of teflon tape and srew them on. This fixed my leak problem.
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:34 PM   #7
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Isn't 55psi a little high for a camper?
I don't have a guage on the system but 3 years ago they put in a new water tank in town and came and measured pressure. 40 to 60 is normal, we measured 55.

A friend in the city had over 75 on his house and installed a regulator to keep from blowing up garden hoses.

What is normal house water pressure
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Go to lowes or hd and buy 2 1/2inch pvc ball valves. Use a lot of teflon tape and srew them on. This fixed my leak problem.
That's what I was thinking. I've had great luck with ball valves on my house plumbing.

Good to know it should work!
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