Will teflon tape counteract a bad compression ring?
October 30, 2011 6:35 PM Subscribe
IsMyHouseGoingToFloodFilter: Will a bunch of teflon tape wrapped around a compression ring prevent my toilet shut off valve from leaking?
posted by i love cheese to Home & Garden (8 answers total)
So, I was trying to replace a leaky angled shut off valve coming from my wall to a toilet (Something like this
). After removing the old shut-off valve, I was unable to remove the old compression ring. After struggling with it, I decided to see what would happen if I put the new shut-off valve on using the old nut and compression ring. When I turned the water on there was a good deal of water coming out around the nut and the compression ring. The only solution I was able to come up with was to wrap the compression ring and the new valve threads with lots of teflon tape. When I reconnected everything, it did indeed stop the leak, but I'm a bit worried that this may not be a tenable solution.
My question is whether I can rest comfortably with my teflon tape solution (short term? long term?)
A second question: A search through other forums indicates that I could use a compression sleeve puller
to remove the old compression ring. Has anyone had any experience with one? If I were to pull the old compression ring this way, could I then reinstall the valve with the new ring, or will the pipe be damaged in some way?
Please help me sleep tonight!