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What is plumbers hemp made from?


 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:33 am Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:34 am Reply with quote

Would it be made from hemp by any chance icon_wink.gif
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:40 am Reply with quote

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! icon_redface.gif
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:29 am Reply with quote

You should get out more icon_biggrin.gif
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:37 am Reply with quote

Come on, this is a diy forum after all. I'm sure dafter questions have been asked.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:06 am Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:03 pm Reply with quote

Can't use hemp on gas anymore.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:16 pm Reply with quote

[quote="lcgs";p="2164751"]Can't use hemp on gas anymore.[/quote]
Or potable water
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:23 pm Reply with quote

yes but hemp does burn well
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:24 pm Reply with quote

[quote="lcgs";p="2164751"]Can't use hemp on gas anymore.[/quote

Can use hemp/must use hemp on longscrew fitting with backnut. It's the only exception. And yes, hemp is made of hemp.

Back in the days when... one of my long-gone, old-school mentors always used to call it "Rapunzel", and delighted in telling curious children that it really was the eponymous fairy-tale princess's hair.
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