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I have a brass spigot connected to a PVC pipe near the pump of my saltwater pool. There is a small leak and I was wondering if I can redo the connection using plumber's putty or tape. Would either of these be defeated by the saltwater?

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I'm not totally sure about salt water, but I don't think it poses any special problem. I would give the threads 2 or 3 wraps, then also coat the female threads with pipe joint cement, not plumber's putty. Save the plumber's putty for drains and escutcheons.

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I usually just use tape with PVC. I have never seen nor would recommend using plumber's putty (which, to be clear, looks kinda like play-dough) for any pressurized joint, that's what pipe joint cement (which looks more like white-out) is for. – gregmac Feb 10 '12 at 21:30
never used PVC tape. Teflon tape is kind of the standard. – shirlock homes Feb 10 '12 at 22:05
Tape did the trick. We'll see if it holds. I imagine Teflon is pretty non-reactive. – uncle brad Feb 11 '12 at 2:46
Sorry, I meant I use teflon tape when dealing with PVC parts. – gregmac Feb 12 '12 at 1:07

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