Are you using any dope?
How tight should a 1in copper union be tightened?
I have 2 that I have tried to tighten to no avail.
Still very small leak under air pressure test of 40psi.
I did sweat a threaded adapter to the union.
The seal looks clean but dis-colored.
Is there a way to lap the two matting surface's together?
If he is, I'm sure he only puffs, and does not inhale
Broken promises don't upset me. I just think, why did they believe me? -Jack Handy
Now you tell me, after 60 years of doing it. Put dope on the union's faces and the thread for the nut, then tighten it as much as you can. You will not, and cannot, "overtighten" it. Unless you use such huge wrenches that you snap the nut, but that would be VERY hard to do.quote; You aren't allowed to use pipe dope on the mating surfaces of a union.
Last edited by Terry; 11-30-2009 at 07:58 AM.
Dam I just thought dope was for doper's.
I guess I will get to try some soon.
But I promise not to inhale.
At least not to much.
I did use a 14in approx. wrench and did reef on it pretty good.
There we go with the dope thing again. "reef"
So some don't some do.
I am sure if you looked at the manufactures spec. for the union it would state not using pipe dope, probably even give a torque setting.
I understand the theory behind the union with the flange being the seal point.
A question, the 2 mating surface's look at lot like the valve and seat in a engine. So in theory if I used a lapping compound and lapped the 2 together I should get a proper seal.
They were lapped at the factory. Your problem is that you are using A 14" wrench, you need TWO 14 inch wrenchES, so you can tighten the nut while resisting on the other piece.