Troubleshooting a Bulkhead Fitting Troubleshooting a Bulkhead Fitting

Bulkhead fittings come in many sizes and are used for many things. If you don't have the right knowledge in what you are working with, or you lack the certain size you will need for your bulkhead fittings you could run into a few problems.

Below are some techniques you can use to find a certain problem you may have with your plumbing and your bulkhead fittings. Although the list doesn't contain everything you may have to look for, the common problems are listed below.


The most common problem found in any plumbing situation is leakage. Leaks can be caused by a number of things, and most commonly due to certain fittings somewhere within the plumbing pipes themselves.

Bulkhead fittings are used in plumbing for an array of different things. It secures things together, and makes the flow of things smooth and easy going in so many words. Leaks don't always pertain to the bulkhead fittings, but are one of the first things you will want to check out. See if the water is leaking at or near the bulkhead fitting and then go from there.

Wrong Size

As stated above, bulkhead fittings come in a variety of sizes. This is because, once again, they are used in a variety of different plumbing projects. You always want to make sure that you are installing the correct size bulkhead fitting to meet the needs of your plumbing project.

Having the wrong size bulkhead fittings can create leaks, and further down the road can cause even more serious damage, such as you having to replace the whole plumbing up to the point of the bulkhead fitting. Double check with any manual or instructions you received when you did your plumbing project to make sure the correct size bulkhead fitting was installed.

Too Tight

Tightening a bulkhead fitting to secure it into place and create an attached plumbing project is something that, of course is necessary. However, there is such a thing as over tightening. This will cause problems within your plumbing system, just as not tightening enough will do the same. You need to make sure that the bulkhead fitting is tight enough to secure everything into place, but not too tight that you ruin the threads on the fitting. Then it becomes loose, and will end up having the opposite effect as you wished.

Wrong Place

As most home owners, and any do-it-yourselfer knows, there is a vast variety of fittings for different types of projects. Certain plumbing projects call for certain types of fittings. Make sure that the plumbing project calls for a bulkhead fitting, and know when to use a bulkhead fitting, and when to use another kind of fitting. Most plumbing jobs call for a bulkhead fitting somewhere in the job, however all fittings are different, and are made for different spots in the job.

Knowing the above tips, and gaining knowledge on how bulkhead fittings work, will make your do it yourself project turn out to be a successful one.

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