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Old 08-12-2018, 04:06 PM   #1
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Propane line

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Something chewed through my main propane line. I removed the end that attached to the regulator no problem but the end that attaches to the manifold that distributes propane ti the stove , fridge ect.. won't budge. I can see a red substance on ti which I assume is just thread sealer. It wouldn't be red loctite would it? Have any of you replaced this line? Is there a trick to it? Being a propane line I'm a littler reluctant to use heat in case there is some residual gas in the lines.
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Welcome to the forum.

I've never replaced a line, no clue about the red stuff, and I understand not wanting to use heat!
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Old 08-12-2018, 04:52 PM   #3
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I’m sitting in the same scenario on our Starcraft. I remember reading a thread similar where they ended up using heat. I’m a bit nervous about that because the fitting underneath is near the underbelly plastic and spray foam...
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Most connections are on a brass fitting and will be tight, so spray some wd40 on it and it will come loose. But the magic is also to use the proper tools.
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Old 08-12-2018, 05:45 PM   #5
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Sure could be a combination thread sealant and thread lock product.

One option is to try to tighten it a smidgen, and then it should loosen just fine. Or use a good penetrating oil. WD40 isn't my favorite, PB blaster or similar would be more effective.
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Do you have a flare nut wrench for the fitting? If not, get one or you could cut the line close and use a box wrench (six point preferred) on the fitting. You'll be able to put a lot more force that way without risking rounding the fitting.

IMO, don't use an open end wrench or an adjustable wrench.
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Thanks all. I am a machinist/moldmaker and sprayed it with a product we use called Aerokroil. Works like magic compared to wd-40 or even PB blaster. I won't be able to get back to it for a day or two but I will update.
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This came up recently. It's red loctite. A heat gun might get it hot enough to release without open flame. Either that or muscle it loose.

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f...ion-59001.html
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