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Getting an angled valve to point the right way on a towel rail

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by slangivar, 15 Oct 2016.

  1. slangivar

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    Hi,

    Can someone help me with a small conundrum I've got fitting a towel rail. I am fitting one of these towel rail elbows (http://www.screwfix.com/p/dual-fuel-towel-rail-elbow/56801) to the bottom corner. However when I tighten it up it is pointing in completely the wrong direction. I have tried wrapping PTFE tape round the thread which improves matters slightly but it is still only finger tight when it points in the right direction.

    What is the trick for getting angled valves like this to point in the correct direction?
     
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  3. Up until earlier this years had to use copious amounts of PTFE backed up with Fernox LSX. If you have time to order or pick up from a Plumb Centre the best stuff is Loctite 577, I've put it on handtight and even seals then!
     
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    Thanks, Looks like Euro car part also sell it and their just round the corner from me. It's not cheap but from what you say you get what you pay for 50ml should also go a long way.

    I tried the copious quantities of PTFE method and as expected the joint weeped when I added water to the rad.
     
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    I'm not trying to be funny but surely Loctite 55 Pipe sealing cord is what's needed, rather than a liquid threadlock compound. Personally I still use hemp and paste:whistle:
     
  6. That's what I used to use, I was sceptical at first but the stuff works like a charm! I use it more often nowadays only as I kept it on the van for emergencies but found it goes off if you don't use it so gets used more often!
     
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    I think I might try the 55 as I can get it a day sooner, I'm also likely to end up throwing out most of the 577 before I get a chance to use it.

    Can you clarify do I tighten it all the way and then back off the half turn to where I need it or simply stop when it gets to the right point?
     
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