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    hello all. just wondering about a couple things.
    1. does flux have a certain shelf life?
    2. if you had a situation where you could only thread a fitting on a pipe two threads but no further, without tearing out a lot of wall area, which pipe dope would you use for chancing a no-leak situation? this is a hypothetical scenario.
    3. when using the shark fittings, do you use a special tool or do they push on or what?

    thank you everyone.

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    Re: couple questions

    Originally posted by halfpint View Post
    hello all. just wondering about a couple things.
    1. does flux have a certain shelf life?

    yes and no. once they have been opened, they will degrade, dry. primely the water soluble fluxes.
    2. if you had a situation where you could only thread a fitting on a pipe two threads but no further, without tearing out a lot of wall area, which pipe dope would you use for chancing a no-leak situation? this is a hypothetical scenario.

    not going to work as there is no taper to tighten at this point. try an epoxy to glue them.


    3. when using the shark fittings, do you use a special tool or do they push on or what?


    thank you everyone.
    need to properly cut and ream the tubing. then they slip on. make sure to mark the insertion depth. first.

    rick.
    phoebe it is

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      Re: couple questions

      Some fluxes last longer than others. Your question is a bit vague. I've found that even dried-up fluxes can work fine, though they spread terribly.

      When you say that the thread can only go on 3/4, do you mean 3/4 of the thread is used, 3/4 of a turn, or 3/4"? If you cannot get something on the thread far enough, make room for it. There's no excuse for shoddy work except laziness.

      There are tools for Sharkbite fittings. The tool that you should use every time has three sizes on one and both measures the depth so you can be sure the fitting is all the way on as well as having a cutter that will bevel the end of the pipe to prevent tearing the O-ring. The other tool is a small clip that can be used to remove the Sharkbite. This tool isn't really necessary, but it works.

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