jfryjfry Dork
3/22/20 8:10 a.m.

Probably everyone already does it this way, but after decades of pausing to think about it (you want it wrapped so it doesn't  start coming apart as you thread t he bolt/nut on), I realized that if I just turn the bolt/nut like I'm screwing it in and let the tape wrap itself, it will be in the proper direction. 

maybe this is more of an admission that I've been too dense to figure it out prior to now but finally I can quickly tape stuff without thinking about it. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
3/22/20 8:17 a.m.

If it makes you feel better, that's the way I think about it :)

Cousin_Eddie Dork
3/22/20 8:33 a.m.

I may be a hack, but I never have any trouble with pipe threads leaking. I threw away my last roll of teflon tape about a decade ago.

A tube will last you for years and it doesn't care which direction you apply it.

Floating Doc
Floating Doc UltraDork
3/22/20 8:34 a.m.

Okay, now I'll have to think about it twice.


ShawnG UltimaDork
3/22/20 9:28 a.m.

Always wrap the tape around the fitting. Never run it lengthwise.



Datsun310Guy UltimaDork
3/22/20 11:28 a.m.

I sell hoses to the railroad and we put fittings onto hoses that have pipe fittings.

I learned the hard way the AAR* doesn't allow Teflon tape but only Teflon paste.  

Quality notice, corrective action, forms to fill out, and an annoyed QM 

*Association of American Railroads 

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