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Old 04-02-2008, 07:59 AM   #1
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I took the regulator off the trailer before I put it in storage last winter. I finally have the trailer back (YEA!! ). What is the stuff they put on the threaded connection? I am sure I need to replace the old with fresh, but not sure just what it is! I hope to work on the trailer this weekend. Thanks
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I took the regulator off the trailer before I put it in storage last winter. I finally have the trailer back (YEA!! ). What is the stuff they put on the threaded connection? I am sure I need to replace the old with fresh, but not sure just what it is! I hope to work on the trailer this weekend. Thanks
Chuck, if it is a compression fitting, no goop required.

If you need some kind of sealant on the fitting, you can use either teflon tape (the white, slippery, hard to handle, won't stay-in-place stuff) or regular old pipe joint compound. A very small tube of pipe joint compound will last for many years.

I keep a roll of the teflon tape and a small tube of pipe joint compound in the trailer.

Both are available at hardware stores everywhere. You can probably even find the teflon tape in the home fix-it section of a grocery store or drug store.
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Old 04-02-2008, 08:30 PM   #3
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Thanks for your help. I thought there was some special sealant for LP connections. There is gray goop in the threaded connection. Must just be regular pipe joint compound. I will just clean that up and replace with teflon tape. Thanks again
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While the normal Teflon tape will have of level of working, they do actually make special Teflon tape for LP gas.

And if you are going to buy something, if you go in Home Depot, look in the gas section and the gas tape has a yellow color plastic holder as opposed the normal white rolls. The actual gas tape is a slight off white in color. This is the brand they sell Yellow gas rated tape

They also sell Gas rated Teflon goop sealant with a brush in the can. This is the brand they sell in Home Depot for gas Gas rated PTFE paste

I agree if it is flared fittings, no goop/tape needed. If it is NPT, then you need goop. You should not have actual compression fittings, meaning the straight fitting with a compression ferrule on gas systems. Gas uses flared fitting or NPT.

Once you connect up, use soapy water over the connections and look for leaks.

Hope this helps

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