A trainee plumber has given her seal of approval to LOCTITE® 55 Thread Sealing Cord.
Jade Deakins, who is nearing completion of her Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating, was asked to put LOCTITE® 55 through its paces by manufacturer Henkel while installing an outside tap as part of her on-the-job training.
Putting aside the usual PTFE tape, Jade started by drilling through the wall where the tap was required. She then connected the new 15mm copper pipework to an existing inside cistern feed and up to the backplate pipe, where the two were coupled together.
Taking the work to the outside, Jade was ready to join the tap itself. Using the pocket-sized LOCTITE® 55, she wound the sealing cord up the tap thread several times and back down again, going in each direction once only before using the built-in cutter to break off the cord. She then screwed the tap into position.
“This formed an immediate leak-proof seal,” said Jade. “I used much less of the LOCTITE® 55 than I do PTFE tape and it was much easier to apply. The roll of PTFE tape can be cumbersome to manoeuvre, hold and apply.”
Jade is the first female plumber (trainee or qualified) to be employed by Harpers Heating & Plumbing Ltd in Bishops Stortford, having started with the firm two years ago.
Designed for sealing metal and plastic pipes and fittings, LOCTITE® 55 needs no cure time and results in an immediate, full pressure seal.