Water Softner install leaks

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  1. Mar 25, 2011 #1

    jjohnston

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    I bought a water softner from Lowes. "INstall kit" has a few fittings that snap into place, no problem there. But the final connections on the softner is a 1" plastic pipe. 1 for in and 1 for out. My house has the flexible water pipe 3/4". I got a metal bell reducer to convert it down to 3/4", then some NPT fittings, and finally an NPT to push-fit connector adapters.

    everything seems water tight EXCEPT, the bell reducer leaks on the connection to the plastic water softner pipe. I am using teflon tape on every joint. I have pulled that connection off, retaped, and tightened, still leaks. I tried 1 layer of tape, and 3 layers of tape, still dripps. What am I doing wrong?? I may pull it off again and try some pipe dope... I don't know.

    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Mar 27, 2011 #2

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    That's a whole lot of fittings. A Shark Bite reducer could have done it with one slide on fitting.
    I'd bet you also used a galvinized bell reduser. There cast in two pieces and sometimes the threads do not quite line up on the inside and can cause a leak. Just try the teflon pipe dope first and see if that works.
     
  3. Mar 27, 2011 #3

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    A Sharkbite #U139LF thrown in the mix would probably simplify things greatly.
     
  4. Mar 28, 2011 #4

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    Oh, that would! But do they make it in a Female version?
     

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