I’ve been looking around for some answers as to why my setup has so many water leaks. They’re located on my pumps quick connect, my hose reel, and my surface cleaner connector. i’ve used thread tape and a wrench to tighten everything.
Also are these leaks causing any damage to my equipment? I can still work with them, however i have no clue if this is something that urgently needs to be resolved.
Haha this is comedy. Well done
Tape better and tighten better. Sometimes the direction you wrap the threads can help. Make sure your threads clean before you put something together. Best advice I can give you.
Wrap goes clockwise or it might explode
Make sure you have the right size and type of o-rings, there are a ton of threads regarding hardness and material type of the correct o-rings. There are lots of opinions on what’s the best. Get the right tools to remove (inspect for wear) and reinstall o-rings. You can not easily tighten quick connects with two wrenches, get a vice if you don’t have one. I replace my quick connect nipples and couplers as they become a pain making sure I use teflon tape and get them tight. If you plan to build a business walking around with hoses leaking all over the place looks rookie and undisciplined.
I recently started using blue loctite on threaded metal to metal connections and glad I did. I never would’ve thought to try it but it works great.
Get rid of that male/male adapter on your SC also. Hose should end with male fitting. That’ll reduce your threaded connections from 4 to 2 in that picture
Pressure Washer Products recommends blue thread lock on their website but I’ve been skeptical to try it. But if you’re having good experience with it I may just do it.
Is it a stand-alone product? So no teflon needed?
@qons Correct, takes the place of thread tape on high pressure fittings
I’m positive you’ll like it. It just works better. You have cleaner threads when you take them apart too.
I said “Loctite” @qons which is just a brand name. Medium strength thread locker is what you’re after. It’s always blue though. This is what I have always used when working on engines so already had it on hand to use for pressure washing fittings. Any blue thread locker will work. You can get it just about anywhere.
i’m gonna grab some and see what she’s got
** Update this is for low pressure fittings **
Similar to this? Blue Pipe Seal
That should work. Just have to look there is some sealants that specifically say not to use with chlorine. But don’t believe any of the blue ones do.
No, that’ pipe thread sealant used in plumbing but it would work. I was talking about threadlocker which is used on the threads of bolts. It helps to keep them from backing out. It’s used a lot in the auto industry. It might sound odd but it works. There are different strengths. Whatever you do don’t use the red only blue. The two main brands are Permatex and Loctite but there are others.
I posted loctite above. Here’s Permatex…
I saw that the red kind requires heat to remove!
You can buy the permatex in a larger bottle with a brush cap also. Not sure who would sell the larger bottle as we buy ours from a hvac/plumbing supplier. And agree absolutely make sure its blue. Even with heat red can make you work hard to get it off. There’s various colors for different applications but blue is the most common used I believe and only one I’d recommend for this.
Just like snapline chalk, red signifies permanent, and blue temporary/removable.
Huh never realised that. We poured a gas station and they used red to mark out some lines for the pumps and they’re still there 3 years later, even with it being exposed to the elements