Enhance Your Plumbing Skills: The Basics of Pipe Fittings

Flatlay shot of pipes and materials needed for plumbingWhen it comes to plumbing, the right pipe fitting is essential to make sure that it is suitable for the right size, shape, and purpose. These pipes regulate and measure the flow of water, and so the correct fittings would ensure that there are no leaks and the water pressure is maintained. For any amateur, you should know the basic things about pipe and plumbing fittings.

Types of Fittings

Fittings also come in many different materials. Here are three of the most commonly used and their respective characteristics for your consideration.

Carbon steel fitting – These carbon steel pipe fittings are strong and durable. They have high heat resistance, with a temperature range of -65 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Stainless steel fitting – Also strong and durable, these fittings are best for low-pressure applications. You could also use them for applications requiring low corrosion and low toxicity.

Brass fitting – These fittings are moderate in toughness, but they are ductile and corrosion-resistant.

Fitting and Flanges

Threading and welding are two ways to assemble pipes together. Under the welding method of joining pipes, you have two options: fittings and flanges. Both of these systems come in two varieties—weld neck and slip-on fittings.

If you are looking for both reliability and ease-of-use, slip-on fittings are your best bet. These implements are simply attached to one pipe’s end to enable connection to another pipe.

Carbon and Mild Steel

If you’ve decided on carbon steel fittings because of its promised strength and durability, you should recognise it from “mild” steel.

Mild steel is a variant of carbon steel that is composed of smaller amounts of carbon, making it hard and brittle, as well as soft and flexible.

The next time you shop for a set of carbon steel fittings, make sure that what you get are the higher-grade variant and not mild steel. Especially if they are for a specifically high-performance piping system, it is in your best interest to not avail of fittings that only allow flimsy “connections”.