View Full Version : Bulkhead installation


chull13
01-29-2008, 7:24 PM
Dumb Question!!!

When installing a bulkhead the rubber washer goes on the inside of the tank right??? Is it true that I only need to hand tighten the fitting?

mojo
01-29-2008, 7:38 PM
Yes and yes. Also, twist the side opposite of the gasket, or else it can twist or buckle.

emilese
01-29-2008, 7:39 PM
You're correct, the rubber washer goes on the inside of the tank to provide a water tight seal. Usually, hand tightening is sufficient.

Miles

glxtrix
01-29-2008, 7:40 PM
yup...not too much or it can actually leak.

blind1993
01-29-2008, 7:41 PM
dont you dip the washer in water before you apply it?

LorenK
01-29-2008, 8:03 PM
Based on a recommendation, I rubbed mine in Vaseline. Why I have that stuff, do not ask.

JetChris
01-29-2008, 8:23 PM
I usually hand tighten then 1/4 turn with slip jaw pliers.

mojo
01-29-2008, 9:13 PM
I think they were still talking about the gasket, Loren.... :)

Seedless Reefer
01-29-2008, 9:39 PM
I usually hand tighten then 1/4 turn with slip jaw pliers.

Thats what I did on my bulkheads as well.

Schwaggs
01-30-2008, 8:56 AM
Actually, the gasket goes on the side opposite the nut. Do not put the gasket on the nut side or it will leak. It doesn't matter if it is on the inside or outside, the gasket will seal correctly as long as it is not on the same side as the nut...

flyingarmy
01-30-2008, 9:00 AM
Based on a recommendation, I rubbed mine in Vaseline. Why I have that stuff, do not ask.


Always a good idea. (Note: Don't use the KY Warming Gel)

kwl1763
01-30-2008, 11:07 AM
The best thing to do is get some plumbing lube from the pool store.

http://www.lesliespool.com/lesliespoolimages/large/68926.jpg

The stuff works great to seal stuff! I actually connect spaflex to hard bulkheads with this and no glue an dnever had issues.

Gwhiz
01-30-2008, 11:14 AM
Alright---I gotta stop reading this thread. My mind is heading toward the gutter! (and yes, it's a short trip!)

Bleedingthought
01-31-2008, 9:37 PM
Depending on the application, you could use some silicone to completely seal it, too. ;)

Cameron
02-01-2008, 4:47 PM
I put a little teflon paste on the nutside myself. Do NOT overtighten if you do this. Teflon paste makes it very easy as does silicon.