“Major alert, Dad”, were the words used by my son while taking a shower. While the guests soon entered a puzzled mode, we were well able to decode the meaning. Endless calls to the plumber went in vain. Soon, the unfathomable and destructible happened on a larger magnitude. The visitors had more than just jaw dropping reactions. The pipeline burst creating a huge thud and fear amongst the guests. This was inevitably followed by the supposedly-genuine concerns of the neighbors. Well, I will always be thankful to one of them for pointing out the blunder. He confidently explained to us the way thread difference was playing a culprit. That very session was enough to enlighten me on the use of thread plug gauges.
The word in itself had a certain complexity and eccentricity to it. The initial theories surrounding it were a tad difficult to comprehend. I mean it is next to impossible to understand the internal-external thread mechanism at the first go. However, his patience was truly worth a thousand accolades. The session ended with my son getting glued to the laptop. Turning to an e commerce website and selecting the most reasonable thread gauges were enough to have that much awaited encounter.
Combine tin coat, carbide and ceramic and most importantly, steel. All you will get is a complicated-looking instrument with numberings. We thought to give it a rest for the day and to start the mission the very next day. The morning was expectedly filled with the pipe repair chaos. Being well equipped was something my family was not good at. Imagine the amount of time they took before inaugurating those gauges! Once they decided to settle, we commenced mission ‘Reviving the Damaged Pipe’.
Let me be very honest about the minimum pitch diameter. Maintaining it is as good as taking that perfect selfie! Yes, now I am getting to the important point! Effects of pitch, flank angle and thread profile deviations, all of these were under the radar. You need to be quite the master when it comes to the gauges business! It is very difficult to check the progress of minimum major diameter and the pitch one simultaneously.
This IS 3455 product did a commendable job of touching the calipers at both the points. The labyrinth seal bestowed by the pipe joint was partly responsible for the damage. The gauge showed its invincible talent here too. It perfected the internal-external thread sync so well that the deformity vanished! We also realized the kind of reaction the sealant had with the media. This media is very much a silent resident of the pipe. Complications could easily appear with using sealants.
Thank God for not giving into my son’s wishes and buying those Metric thread gauges. As enticing as the serration looked, it would not have bore us fruitful results. The tolerance level of the purchased gauges owes a deep felt gratitude from us! Our pipe issues were fixed and so was our daily routine. Just by measuring the thread of the pipe we could easily manage to buy the exact other half of the pipe. It fit so well that there was no more leakage.