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Tell it to me straight...Am I a Dope?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Juan if by land, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. Juan if by land

    Juan if by land LawnSite Member
    Posts: 41

    Let's say I have to replace a spray body,I twist it out with the Channelocks,see that it was installed with a nipple.I coat the female threads of the new body with some Rectorseal(just the right amount),then spin it back down.No muss,no fuss.

    In an open hole,I use tape.It's the "Use No Dope" thing that bothers me.

    Should I watch my back?
  2. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,148

    I remember the first time I installed a sprinkler head and read " use no pipe dope" I thought " how did they know it was going to be me installing it"?
  3. evergreensolutions

    evergreensolutions LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    My understanding is that the "use no dope" disclaimer is to limit the knuckleheads that put a 3" bead on the riser and then end up with clogged filters. It shouldn't hurt the plastic or anything.
  4. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,593

  5. WalkGood

    WalkGood LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,910

    You do not need rectorseal. Period.
  6. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,593

    If you use a Marlex ell, that is true. Period.
  7. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 46,415

    You don't need the paste dope period, unless you have a bad case of limp wrists. Old paste dopes were never intended to contact plastic, which wasn't in plumbing use when the paste dopes were formulated.
  8. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,593

    Only ROTAR has the wrist problem, the newer dope is made for plastics.
  9. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Major diss :waving: ~ When those stickers first appeared, a lot of paste dopes were original formulas, and death to some plastics.
  10. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,799

    I always read it as "Use No Pipe, Dope".

    Then I wondered how to get water to the sprinklers.

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