How to: Aluminum Pipe Threads

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Aluminum pipes are often used in construction applications because aluminum is highly resistant to rust, which could easily occur with other materials from the constant exposure to water. If you have aluminum pipes that need threading, or joining, you will need to prepare them properly to prevent leaks and malfunctions. By combining some different methods, you can achieve an extra strong hold for most commonly performed pipe installations.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloth
  • Aluminum thread paste
  • Thread tape
  • Thread lubricant
  • Wrench
  • Clean both the male and female threads of the pipes with a cloth to make sure there is no foreign substance on the pipes that could prevent a proper seal.

  • Brush the aluminum thread paste onto the male threads in a thick, even layer using the brush to push the paste into the groove between the threads. The male thread is the side of the pipe that fits inside the other pipe.

  • Hold the end of the tape against the beginning of the thread so you can wrap the tape in a clockwise motion. The beginning of the thread is the end of the threads on the inner part of the pipe rather than the very end.

  • Wrap the tape around the paste covered threads until you reach the last thread. Repeat the wrap three more times to make four complete wraps.

  • Lubricate the female threads inside the other pipe with thread lubricant and insert the taped male thread. Tighten the pipes together as far as you can by hand.

  • Lubricate the female threads inside the other pipe with thread lubricant and insert the taped male thread. Tighten the pipes together as far as you can by hand.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your seal is very tricky or stubborn to get tight, you can double the wraps of the tape for a better seal.
  • Do not leave aluminum pipes unsealed unless they have built in seals or the connection will leak.

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