Category: Plumbing

Common Fittings Used in Plumbing

  • By Householders Guide
  • 7th January, 2014
Plumbing Fittings

There are certain plumbing fittings that are more commonly used than others, and when you are aware of what these items are, you'll be able to determine whether or not they will come in handy the next time you have a plumbing emergency. Since plumbing supplies tend to be very specific, you will not only need to find out a bit more about the common fittings that are used within a home, you might also have to take note of those parts that are specifically used within your property to ensure that you purchase the right one the next time you are in need of a spare part.

Some of the most common plumbing fittings that are used in terms of repairs and maintenance include tube fittings, which aim to connect two pieces of piping. These items are used when a piece of piping needs to be cut out from a certain section of the plumbing; when the new piping is installed, this item will allow the piping to continue without interruption. When individuals purchase this type of tubing, they will not only need to ensure that they get their hands on the appropriate materials for the job, they will also have to choose between straight and elbow tubing.

The plumbing fittings that are currently on the market tend to be made from two different types of materials; plastic and metal, although there are a few exceptions. Certain materials, such as pex, tend to be a lot more flexible, and so it is more commonly used in homes these days. When piping is installed using this specific materials, fewer connections need to be used since the material is able to travel around corners.

Another type of fitting that is used when plumbing repairs need to be conducted is the coupler, which is brought into action when a professional needs to connect piping that is not of the same size. This item has been designed to accommodate one size at one end and another size on the other end; this not only saves the professional time and effort by preventing them from being forced to replace the piping altogether, but can also save their clients a lot of money. A union is a type of coupling that is used to connect two pipes through a quick and easy assembly, and it accomplishes this because it is threaded.

Searching for the appropriate plumbing fittings for just about any task is important, since this will have a big impact on the quality of the job. Those that are unsure about the sizes, lengths or materials they should be looking for might want to start out by consulting with a professional who will be able to analyze the problem and come up with suggestions concerning the appropriate tools for the project. Remember, while it might be time consuming having to search for just the right tool for a specific task, ignoring the importance of the appropriate fittings might result in the problem becoming larger and much more expensive, so keep this in mind during your search.

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