Shower water connection....I hate them!!!

19 Nov 2006
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United Kingdom
Morning!! I fitted a shower last night. But I couldn't completely stop a 'weaping' from the water connection: As you know, the short pipe connection from the shower is plastic. That went into a stainless compression fitting using a brass (maybe copper) olive, and stainless nut. I wraped a few lengths of PTFE around the screw thread that the nut tightens on to. I turned the nut a few times and turned the water on. It was leaking, so I gradually tightened the nut until it stopped, but the nut is quite tight now and the joint is still weeping slowly.

What is the best way to disasseble and start again?
How can I make sure it seals next time?

Thank you!!!!!
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The ptfe was not on the was on the other part and over-lapped into the fitting so the olive / nut would have tightened against the ptfe. If I take it apart, do I need to use a new olive?
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As above you don't need PTFE tape on the thread as the thread just holds the joint together the olive makes the seal.

I find the Gold coloured brass ones to be crap. The copper ones are loads better and never seem to leak.

You shouldn't need PTFE tape at all but as recommended above you can wrap it round the olive to make a better seal.

The only place I usually use PTFE is on the pipes which go into radiators which don't have any other way of sealing. I used to use it on everything until I was told!
have you over tightened it? if too tight it will leak, they only require nipping up and certainly no PTFE!

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