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Tapping Band Installation Instructions

  1. Clean pipe area where tapping band is to be installed. Ensure no dirt or pipe surface defects are present.
  2. Prior to installation inspect tapping band parts to ensure seals are clean and defect free.
  3. Position tapping band bottom-half under pipe and hold in place. O-Ring or Multi-Lip seal tapping bands – check correct seal position prior to fitting tapping band onto pipe. E-Lip seal tapping bands – check correct seal position prior to fitting tapping band onto pipe. Position lug into matching band groove notch to ensure correct alignment and avoid leaks.
  4. Fit tapping band top-half over pipe so bottom-half bolts pass through top-half bolt holes.
  5. Continue to hold bottom-half while fitting washers and nuts. Finger tighten nuts ensuring equal gaps between tapping band halves on both sides.
  6. Final position and level tapping band if required.
  7. Using a torque wrench, tighten nuts evenly in stages to 15Nm (10ft/lbs). Ensure even gaps on both sides if applicable. Re-torque after approximately 20 minutes.
  8. Apply no more than three (3) wraps thickness of AGA (gas) or WaterMark (Water) approved premium PTFE thread tape should be applied to the full length of male take-off fittings threaded into tapping bands.
  9. Maximum recommended installation torque for take-off fittings is 30Nm (20Ft lbs). Recommended installation when not using a torque wrench is hand-tight plus half to one-full turn. Ferrules must not be screwed in deeper than their thread depth.
  10. Take-off pipes must be oriented to avoid exerting undue leverage force on tapping bands.
  11. Take care not to damage band or force swarf under seal when tapping pipe through tapping band.
  12. A good practice after tapping is to permanently mark pipe so the band can be replaced exactly and centrally over a tapped hole if removed later for any reason.