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    Default Leaking compression fitting

    Today I installed two compression fittings. One is leaking a little. A drop every minute or so. I think I tightened it a little too much. I was going to remove the valve and wrap a little teflon on the compression ring and put thread sealer on.

    Should I instead replace the compression ring? Can these be pulled off easily or should I get a ring puller?

    Thanks, Mike

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    You should use a puller, although there are techniques to cut it off.

    If the pipe has been "tweeked" to much, you may still have a problem. If you could cut the pipe back, this would be ideal. A little pipe dope is a good idea; most folks recommend against teflon tape, but some guys do use it successfully.
    Last edited by Terry; 12-30-2006 at 10:02 AM.

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    Jimbo - will a faucet handle puller work or is there one specifically made for compression rings?

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    If it's the 3/8" comp. side, you can't pull it off.

    Just take the nut back away and paint a little compound and JUST SNUG UP .

    The compound will be more of a lubricant and then a sealent.

    Some times a little grease will work well.

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    They make a pipe insert that let's you use a faucet handle puller to pull the rings.

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    We use sleeve puller like these.
    I find that the instructions that come with the compression stops work fine.
    I little bit of oil on the threads. WD40 works fine.

    NEVER Telflon Tape
    YES on lubricant
    Last edited by Terry; 11-17-2005 at 09:28 AM.

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