Proper Gasket Installation

Proper gasket installation & correct gasket seal bolting patterns

  • Center the gasket on the flange. This is extremely vital, especially where raised faces are involved.
  • Be sure surface finish and flatness are satisfactory.
  • Tighten the bolts to compress the gasket uniformly. This means going from side to side around the joint. See Bolting Pattern Below.
  • Use a torque wrench, well-lubricated fasteners and hardened flat washers to ensure correct initial loading.
  • All bolts should be tightened in one-third increments, according to proper bolting patterns.
  • Make a final check pass at the target torque value moving consecutively from bolt to bolt.
  • Re-torque 12 to 24 hours after initial installation. All applicable safety standards including lockout/tagout procedures should be observed.
  • Never use liquid-based or metallic-based anti-stick or lubricating compounds on the gaskets. Premature failure could occur as a result.

Correct bolting tightening pattern