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A Bit Of Information To Help You Choose The Right Pipe Fittings

by Matias Keranen

Anytime you need to move liquids or gases from one place to another, you will need pipes, tubes, and hoses. Unless you can find one of these long enough to get the liquid or gas from point A to point B, you are going to need pipe fittings to put two or more pieces together. Unfortunately, when you go to the hardware store to find the fittings you need, you will realize that there are bins and bins of them.

You will need to know the best material for the fitting, the proper size, and the right type to make sure that everything flows properly. Here is a bit of information to help you chose the right one so that you do not have to keep going back for a different fitting.

Material

It is important that you choose the fitting material that will best suit the purpose. However, the material will also need to work well with the pipe or tubing already in place. Not all materials will be able to connect all types of hoses and pipes. Generally, it is best if you can get a fitting made of the same material as the tubes. Here are a few of the more common materials and their uses:

  • Brass – Brass is a good fit when you are moving hot water and gases
  • PVC – PVC is often used in irrigation systems and in-house plumbing
  • CPVC – CPVC is also used for hot water

Male or Female

Take a look at your hoses or pipes. You need to know if they are threaded or not, and if they are, if the threads are on the inside or outside. Male pipes will require female fittings and vice versa. Male ends have the threads on the outside so they can screw into the female threads that are on the inside.

Size

To determine the correct size fitting you need, you have to measure the end of the pipe. The correct measurement is the one that goes from the outside of one side, straight across to the outside of the other side. Do not measure the internal diameter or the fitting will be too big.

Take a good look at where the pipes are going. Draw a picture. When you go to the store, take out the picture and use it to match the fitting to allow the pipes to go where they need to go. It can be frustrating to get a fitting that curves one way only to find out it needs to curve in the other direction.

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