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11-16-2013 03:29 PM
Ferretchaser
Re: Need help getting propane fitting off

Its a right hand thread. Just warm the bugger up a bit and then unscrew it anti clockwise.

ATB

Michael
11-16-2013 03:01 PM
overbored
Re: Need help getting propane fitting off

why take it off isn"t your friend going to need the fitting on there to use the thing
11-16-2013 02:04 PM
Jiminri
Re: Need help getting propane fitting off

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Originally Posted by miatapaul View Post
Are you trying to save the appliance or the fitting? That may determine the course of action, though if it is the fitting, I would say just replace it unless it is very unique.
Just trying to get the fitting off and do not much care if it gets destroyed in the process. Trying not to damage the appliance. A friend wants the appliance and it would fit perfectly in the box I have except for the darn fitting.
11-16-2013 01:50 PM
svHyLyte
Re: Need help getting propane fitting off

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Originally Posted by Jiminri View Post
Here's a pic of the brass fitting that I'm trying to get off the appliance. It is screwed onto (what appears to be) aluminum or other white metal part of the appliance. You can see the sealant on the threads. Hard to get a purchase on both pieces to exert some force. (Also afraid of breaking off the aluminum part of the appliance.)

That does look like a right hand thread. From the yellow coloring it appears that yellow gas-line tape may have been used on the fitting but it also appears that some kind of putty may also have been applied. Have you tried applying heat to the brass fixture only? It may expand enough to make breaking the bond a bit easier. On a worst case basis, you might use a dremel tool to cut off the threaded end and then score either side of the fitting and then use a frozen nut splitter to crack the fitting which should loosen it enough to remove without goofing up the threads on your appliance.

Good luck!
11-16-2013 01:44 PM
miatapaul
Re: Need help getting propane fitting off

Are you trying to save the appliance or the fitting? That may determine the course of action, though if it is the fitting, I would say just replace it unless it is very unique.
11-16-2013 01:41 PM
jppp
Re: Need help getting propane fitting off

Please no flame. ever. use another form of heat if your going to try that.
11-16-2013 01:36 PM
Faster
Re: Need help getting propane fitting off

Hmm.. that looks like a standard NPT to flare fitting adaptor.. unlikely it's reverse thread. Do you have a pipe wrench small enough to support the aluminum/potmetal fitting while you try to loosen the brass part? Heating things up with a small propane/butane torch might work wonders if you can safely do that. Concentrate on the brass part.

Drag a dental pick around the exposed part of the threads to see if you can determine what direction will turn it off...
11-16-2013 01:35 PM
overbored
Re: Need help getting propane fitting off

if there is no propane in the system then you can heat the fitting up and it will loosen a lot easier. some pipe dope has a setting agent in it that glues the fitting on and the heat will break down the glue
11-16-2013 01:25 PM
Jiminri
Re: Need help getting propane fitting off

Here's a pic of the brass fitting that I'm trying to get off the appliance. It is screwed onto (what appears to be) aluminum or other white metal part of the appliance. You can see the sealant on the threads. Hard to get a purchase on both pieces to exert some force. (Also afraid of breaking off the aluminum part of the appliance.)

11-16-2013 12:41 PM
Faster
Re: Need help getting propane fitting off

Usually/often if a fitting is reverse thread there's a 'notch' in the nut like so:

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