What is plumbers hemp made from?

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  1. Threadjacker

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    I know this may sound a silly question going by what it smells like but can someone confirm what it actually is?

    I've searched google and this forum but cannot find an answer.

    I did find that its still quite comman in the US though?

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    Would it be made from hemp by any chance ;)
     
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    So hemp is a plant? why does plumbers hemp smell like a horse then?

    Silly questions I know but google didn't want to tell me! :oops:
     
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    You should get out more :D
     
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    Come on, this is a diy forum after all. I'm sure dafter questions have been asked.

    Cheers anyway... :(
     
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    ripped off t'internet:

    Hemp Hemp is a natural fibre made out of the hessian plant. It is pleated and looks like threads of hairy wool. It is used by plumbers on all threads that need to be water tight. Being a natural fibre it is excellent in acting as a sealer against water leaks. Now a days there are all kinds of sealers available that does the same work. eg. PTFE tape. The use of hemp is still very popular because it is both effective and cost effective. Take a look at what hemp looks like, and how it is applied on a thread. Back
     
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    Can't use hemp on gas anymore.
     
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    [quote="lcgs";p="2164751"]Can't use hemp on gas anymore.[/quote]
    Or potable water
     
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    yes but hemp does burn well
     
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