How to Use Plumbing Fittings for Joining PVC, PEX, and Copper Pipe

Updated on September 13, 2018
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Eugene, an avid self-taught DIYer, has acquired 30 years of experience with power/hand tools, plumbing, electrics, and woodwork.

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A DIY Guide to Plumbing

Basic plumbing isn't rocket science. If you are reasonably adept at DIY, understand the basics, and take care when putting it all together, it's not too difficult. This is a comprehensive and easy-to-understand guide to pipe types, plumbing fittings, thread sizes, with instructions for how to use fittings to connect copper, PVC, and PEX pipes.

What Material and Type of Plumbing Pipe Is Right for the Job?

Plumbing pipe is made from various materials, including copper, galvanized steel and iron, polyvinylchloride (PVC), chlorinated polyvinylchloride (CPVC), cross-linked high density polyethylene (PEX), and polybutylene. Fittings are made from brass, plastic, copper, or malleable iron.

  • Copper. Copper is widely used and can withstand very high temperatures. It is always used for the final connections made to central heating boilers/furnaces where temperatures may exceed 100°C (212°F). The disadvantage of copper pipe (or "tube," as it is known in the plumbing industry) is that it is rigid and either must be bent by using special tools or by using separate lengths of pipe and 45° or 90° joints.
  • Stainless Steel. In the 70s during a copper shortage, stainless steel plumbing was popular. It is even more rigid than copper, however, so any bending can be difficult. Stainless steel is supposed to be more corrosion-resistant than copper and is sometimes used for aesthetic reasons where plumbing must be exposed.
  • PVC and CPVC. Piping made from these plastic polymers has several advantages over copper. Plastic pipe is ductile and can be easily bent, reducing the number of bend fittings required. If a really tight bend is required, 90° elbow joints can be used. It can also be easily routed through floor and wall spaces. Plastic is a better insulator than metal, so heat loss is reduced. Usually, plastic piping has more "give" and will stretch more than copper when water freezes and expands inside the pipe, reducing the danger of bursting in sub-zero temperatures. PVC or poly vinyl chloride is the most basic type of plastic pipe used for both drinking water and waste pipe plumbing. Chlorinated PVC or CPVC has the same characteristics as standard PVC but has better corrosion resistance at higher water temperatures and is also significantly more bendable.
  • PEX. Plumbing tubing is also made from cross-linked high-density polyethylene (PEX). This is a tough ductile material which can survive temperatures as low as -20°C (-4°F) without bursting. PEX is also less than half the price of copper and doesn't corrode when used in places where the water is acidic. Just like PVC, PEX is flexible and can be bent over a tight radius and easily routed to fittings. It does expand more than copper so it shouldn't be stretched to reach fittings and should be allowed to drop slightly between fixings to allow for contraction. On long runs, a loop of tubing can be included in a line to allow for a lot of contraction. When running tubing through holes in walls, make the holes sufficiently large so that the tube can slide freely as it expands and contracts. PEX is susceptible to UV and if used outdoors, it needs to be shielded (with insulation or otherwise) to prevent degradation.
  • Ductile (Malleable) Iron. Used for water, gas, compressed air, and as a rigid metal conduit (RMC) for housing cables in industrial and commercial applications, ductile iron is much stronger than copper or plastic pipe but not so common in domestic installations. Ductile iron or cast iron was often used for larger-diameter water mains before the invention of plastic.
  • Lead. No longer used for plumbing because of its toxicity, lead piping was phased out after WWII when copper became popular.

A note about plastic piping: Care needs to be taken when working near plastic piping or fittings to avoid heat damage from blow torches or other heat-producing tools. Piping should also be routed during installation so that it isn't subjected to high temperatures from heat sources such as flues.

1/2 inch PEX pipe can be bent to a min radius of 4 inches (depending on wall thickness).
1/2 inch PEX pipe can be bent to a min radius of 4 inches (depending on wall thickness). | Source
3/4 inch BSP ductile iron pipe and coupler.
3/4 inch BSP ductile iron pipe and coupler. | Source

What Material and Type of Plumbing Fitting Is Right for the Job?

Fittings are made from various materials, including plastic, brass, copper, and iron. There is a huge variety of types with different functions, including 90° and 45° elbows, offsets, T-joints, Y-joints, cross joints, gate valves, ball valves, non-return (check valves), reduction fittings, couplers, and flange (bulkhead) fittings for making a connection to oil or water tanks.

  • Brass Threaded and Compression Fittings have two or more ports or entry points for connection to pipes or fixtures. They may be compression-only, compression-and-screwed, or screwed-only. The compression port is used for connecting a pipe, and the screwed port (if included) connects to a fixture or device such as a radiator, WC, furnace, spigot, pressure gauge, or water tank. The screwed section of the fitting may have male or female threads. Fittings with compression ports only are used to join two or more pipes together and are simple to use by the average DIYer once pipes are prepared correctly and the fitting is assembled properly. Brass threaded and compression fittings make use of a copper or brass olive ring (also known as a "ferrule") which is slid onto the end of the pipe before insertion. This is then bent and squeezed tightly against the tapered surface of the fitting as a nut on the pipe is tightened. This seals the fitting and prevents water from leaking out. Compression fittings can be used for connecting plastic or copper pipe and, although easy to use, are relatively bulky and more expensive than other joining methods. Another disadvantage is that a pipe can possibly turn within the fitting (e.g. a coiled copper pipe behind an ice-making refrigerator can turn as the fridge is pushed in and out repeatedly), and over time, this can cause leaks. Compression fittings can be easily disassembled. Plumbers often use PTFE tape or jointing compound (which is like soft putty) on compression fittings to be totally sure they don't leak. However manufacturers don't recommend this because they reckon it can prevent the olive from sealing properly. Brass fittings are not recommended for use underground.
  • Capillary Fittings are made from copper and require a soldered joint to connect pipes together. The pipes-to-be-joined are inserted into the fitting, which is heated. Solder fills the small gap between pipe and fitting, sealing and making a strong joint which is resistant to pulling and rotation of the pipes. This type of fitting either comes with a ring of solder included (Yorkshire fitting) or solder wire must be melted and fed into the joint as it is heated. Capillary fittings are slim and neat, inexpensive, and form a strong joint between pipes. However, they are more difficult to use and since the fitting must be heated using a blowtorch, there is always the danger of fire. Also, preparation of pipes and fitting is essential, and these must be cleaned with wire wool so that solder flows and coats all the surfaces being joined.
  • Ductile (Malleable) Iron Screwed Fittings can be used with water and compressed air and are relatively inexpensive. These fittings are often encountered on the inlet/outlets of central heating boilers/furnaces, on pumps, and on air compressors. Because iron is less expensive and stronger than brass, iron fittings are advantageous, especially when large sizes are required.
    Galvanized versions of these fittings are available which are resistant to external corrosion.
  • Plastic and Copper Alloy Push (Stab-In) Fittings are available for joining plastic and copper pipe. To use them, you just have to square-cut the end of a pipe and push it into the fitting; an internal O-ring compresses tightly against the pipe when inserted. These fittings also incorporate some form of collet/toothed ring arrangement which digs into the pipe and prevents it from being pulled out again. These type of fittings are very easy and convenient to use, especially in tight spaces, enabling pipes to be jointed quickly. They can also usually be disassembled by hand or by using a special key. In either case, the teeth retract, allowing the pipe to be removed. Fittings which can be disassembled by hand, without a key, sometimes have a twist-lock feature. This locks the collet, preventing the inadvertent release of a pipe from a fitting if something accidentally pushes against the collet. Sharkbite and Speedfit are two well-known brands of this type of fitting.

Push fittings can be used with copper, CPVC, and PEX tube, but aren't suitable for PVC. See Connecting PEX to PVC for more details.

For large projects, the cost of push or compression fittings on PEX can mount up. A cheaper alternative is crimp fittings, which are slimmer but must be installed using special tools. See How to Install PEX Tubing—Making a Crimp Connection.

Examples of Plumbing Fittings

Clockwise from top left: compression elbow, iron reduction bushing with BSP threads, copper capillary elbow, and compression elbow with 1/2 inch threaded BSP port.
Clockwise from top left: compression elbow, iron reduction bushing with BSP threads, copper capillary elbow, and compression elbow with 1/2 inch threaded BSP port. | Source

What Is a Union Fitting and How Do I Use It?

A union fitting enables two parts of the fitting to be attached to each other without having to turn the whole fitting or attached pipes.

  • These are often encountered on the plumbing to radiators or on the end of gas or water hoses.
  • A nut on one part of the fitting is tightened, pulling the two halves of the fitting together.
  • A curved or cone-shaped profile on one part presses into a similar-shaped socket on the other half to make a watertight seal.
  • The two halves are easily separated by undoing the nut, e.g. when removing a hose from an outside tap or replacing a radiator.

Combination union and reducer.
Combination union and reducer. | Source
Speedfit, equal elbow, or push-fit (stab-in) plastic fitting.
Speedfit, equal elbow, or push-fit (stab-in) plastic fitting. | Source
Wall plate and spigot, bib, or outside tap. The wall plate has 1/2 inch female BSP threads for connection to the spigot and a compression input port for attaching to copper or plastic pipe. A 3/4 inch BSP union is included for attaching to a hose.
Wall plate and spigot, bib, or outside tap. The wall plate has 1/2 inch female BSP threads for connection to the spigot and a compression input port for attaching to copper or plastic pipe. A 3/4 inch BSP union is included for attaching to a hose. | Source
This 1/2 inch, malleable-iron, 90° elbow, used on the output of an air compressor, has female BSP threads.
This 1/2 inch, malleable-iron, 90° elbow, used on the output of an air compressor, has female BSP threads.

Copper and plastic plumbing are technically referred to as tubing. Steel plumbing is referred to as piping.

Standard Sizes of Fittings, Pipe Sizes, and Threads in the US, UK, and Ireland

  • U.S.A. Fittings follow the National Pipe Thread Taper (NPT) standard defined in ANSI/ASME B1.20.1. Commonly used sizes are 3/8, 1/2, 3/4, and 1 inch. This dimension refers not to the diameter of the threads, but to the internal diameter of the iron pipe used with the fittings (specifically, schedule 40 pipe). Copper and plastic tubing follow the Copper Tube Size (CTS) standard with outside diameter being 1/8 inch greater than the Nominal Pipe Size (NPS). For example a 1/2 inch tube has an OD of 1/2 + 1/8 = 5/8 inch. Fittings can also have a parallel thread (also abbreviated NPS). Whereas NPT fittings may not need a sealant in order to be air- or water-tight, NPS fittings must be sealed with PTFE tape or dope. National Pipe Thread Tapered Fine (NPTF) fittings are used for applications that cannot use PTFE tape or other sealant due to high temperatures or pressure or because of the nature of the fluid transported by the pipe (e.g. gasoline or hydraulic oil).
  • U.K. The thread used for fittings is BSP (which stands for British Standard Pipe Thread, defined in BS EN 10226-1 and BS EN ISO 0228-1). The most common sizes encountered in the home are 3/8, 1/2, 3/4, and 1 inch. These sizes originally referred to the inner diameter of a steel pipe for which the fitting was intended. Copper and plastic tube used with these fittings has been metric since 1971. The most common sizes are 10, 15, 22, and 28 mm for domestic applications. The size refers to the outside diameter of the tube.
  • Ireland. Threads on fittings are BSP. Tube sizes are imperial and normally quoted by referring to the BSP thread size of the corresponding fitting, e.g. 1/2, 3/4, or 1 inch. The outside diameter of plumbing tube is slightly less than the corresponding British versions, which can lead to issues with leaks if fittings and tube are mixed-and-matched (see table below).

FIP and MIP (female iron pipe and male iron pipe) are terms sometimes used to refer to the shape of the threads on a fitting. For more info and sizes, see

NPT Pipe, Thread and Tube Sizes

NPT thread and nominal pipe sizes
NPT thread and nominal pipe sizes | Source

Pipe Sizes and Standards Can Be Somewhat Confusing

For example, if you measure a 1/2 inch pipe or 1/2 inch fitting, neither the internal or external diameter of the pipe nor the diameter of the thread are necessarily 1/2 inch. It is only called 1/2 inch for historical reasons. This dimension originally referred to the internal diameter of a pipe used with the 1/2 inch fitting, which in the early days of manufacture would have been thick-walled.

BSP Pipe, Thread and Tube Sizes

BSP thread and trade pipe sizes
BSP thread and trade pipe sizes | Source

How to Cut Copper or Plastic Pipe

Copper or plastic pipe can be cut with a hacksaw. However, if you use a pipe-cutting tool it gives a cleaner, squarer cut without burrs. The tool in the video below can be used to cut copper pipe. It can cut plastic pipe also with a little bit of effort, however, plastic pipe-cutting shears do a better job. If you use a hacksaw on copper pipe, file off any burrs afterwards.

Cut tube with a pipe cutter.
Cut tube with a pipe cutter. | Source
Existing plumbing may need to be cut with a hacksaw if there isn't enough clearance to use a pipe cutter.
Existing plumbing may need to be cut with a hacksaw if there isn't enough clearance to use a pipe cutter. | Source
Use a file or de-burring tool to remove any sharp edges if you cut pipe with a hacksaw.
Use a file or de-burring tool to remove any sharp edges if you cut pipe with a hacksaw. | Source

How to Bend Copper Pipe

You can't just grasp the two ends and bend because the pipe will kink in the middle. There are several techniques for bending copper pipe:

  • Use Sand to Prevent Kinking. This is an old technique. The pipe is tightly packed with fine, dry sand and tightly plugged at the end with kitchen towel or a rag. The pipe is then bent to the desired shape.
  • Use a Bending Spring. This method is only suitable for bending reasonably long lengths of pipe so that the length of the pipe can be used for leverage during the process. The spring is slid into the pipe so that it extends beyond the bend point. If necessary, a string can be tied to its end so that it can be retrieved. The pipe is then bent over the knee (just under your kneecap).
  • Use a Pipe Bender. This tool has long levers to aid bending and enables one or more bends to be made in pipe. It also has several dies or guides to allow various diameters of pipe to be bent.

Pipe benders—suitable for 15 and 22 mm copper tube—available from the UK tool distributor, Draper Ltd.
Pipe benders—suitable for 15 and 22 mm copper tube—available from the UK tool distributor, Draper Ltd. | Source
Use a bending spring and bend pipe just under your knee cap.
Use a bending spring and bend pipe just under your knee cap. | Source

How to Use a Compression Fitting

  1. Measure the tubing to be cut and mark with a felt-tipped marker. If a fitting needs to be inserted into existing tubing (e.g. a T-joint for a branch off), a section of tubing must be removed. Sometimes, marks are provided on the outside of the fitting that indicate the location of the shoulder inside the fitting which the tubing butts up against when inserted. This aids in working out how much of the tubing needs to be removed. This needs to be reasonably accurate if copper tubing is being used as it can be difficult to pull the two ends of the tubing apart to insert the fitting if a too-short section is removed, or difficult to pull the two sections of tubing together again if too much tubing is cut out. Temporarily remove any clips holding the tubing so that the sections can be moved apart easier
  2. Cut the tubing to be joined to the correct length. Ideally, use a pipe cutter which gives a square, smooth edge. Alternatively, use a junior hacksaw. Try to cut the tubing square and file the cut edges smooth
  3. Slide the compression nut over the end of the tubing followed by the olive ring
  4. If plastic pipe is being used, push an insert into the end of the pipe. This prevents the pipe from being crushed by the olive as the compression nut is tightened
  5. Push the tubing as far as it will go into the fitting
  6. Tighten the compression nut by hand
  7. Mark the nut with a felt tipped marker so you know how much you've turned it while tightening with a tool
  8. You need two tools: one to to hold the fitting and the other to tighten the compression nut. You can use open-ended wrenches, vice grips, or water-pump pliers. Make sure the tools are properly sized and grip tightly so that they don't slip off while tightening. In general compression nuts should be tightened one whole turn after you've tightened by hand. If possible you can turn on the water supply and wait for a few minutes see if the joint "weeps". If this is the case, try tightening further. It's important to not over tighten as this can deform the olive, preventing it from sealing properly and causing a leak. Knowing how much to tighten a nut is learned by experience and as a rule of thumb, once the nut suddenly becomes difficult to turn, it is tight enough.

Typical compression fitting. This T-fitting allows a branch to be made in a pipe.
Typical compression fitting. This T-fitting allows a branch to be made in a pipe. | Source
Use an insert for plastic pipe.
Use an insert for plastic pipe. | Source
Fit the compression nut onto the pipe....
Fit the compression nut onto the pipe.... | Source
....followed by the olive ring.
....followed by the olive ring. | Source
Push the pipe fully into the fitting.
Push the pipe fully into the fitting. | Source
Tighten the compression nut by hand.
Tighten the compression nut by hand. | Source
Mark the nut with a felt-tipped marker.
Mark the nut with a felt-tipped marker. | Source
In general, nuts should be tightened one full turn after they've been hand tightened. You can use a wrench, Stilsons, or water pump pliers. Hold the fitting also to prevent it from turning.
In general, nuts should be tightened one full turn after they've been hand tightened. You can use a wrench, Stilsons, or water pump pliers. Hold the fitting also to prevent it from turning. | Source

How to Use Push Fittings

These vary somewhat, but in general this is the procedure

  1. Measure, mark and cut the pipe. In general you should avoid using a hacksaw as a square cut on the end of the pipe is more critical. Use a proper pipe cutter suitable for copper or plastic pipe. File off any burrs on the end of copper pipe.
  2. If using plastic pipe, push an insert fully into the end of the pipe
  3. Slide the pipe into the fitting until it will go no further. Pull back to ensure the teeth on the collet insert in the fitting have gripped the pipe and it is secure.
  4. Some fittings have a twist lock feature which prevents inadvertent release of the pipe if the collet is accidentally pushed back against the fitting. If this is the case, twist the screw cap on the fitting about half a turn. This further compresses the O-ring in the fitting and locks the teeth.
  5. Fittings can be disassembled when new by turning the twist lock counter-clockwise, pushing the collet back against the fitting body and pulling on the pipe. This retracts the collet teeth so that the pipe can be removed. Some fittings require the use of a key to retract the collet.

The video below shows how to use Speedfit twist lock fittings. These are very convenient to use for connecting both copper and plastic pipe.

How to Use a Speedfit Standard Twist-and-Lock Fitting

How to Use a Capillary Fitting With Copper Pipe

Capillary fittings require some skill in order to be assembled properly, however they are the cheapest, neatest and strongest solution for joining copper pipe.
Copper pipe and capillary fittings are "sweated" together. This involves heating the pipe and fitting so that solder melts and holds the joint together.

  1. Mark and cut the pipe using a hacksaw or pipe cutter. Remove any burrs with a file.
  2. Clean the inside of the fitting and outside of the pipe with wire wool until both are shiny.
  3. Apply flux to the inside of the fitting and outside of the pipe.
  4. Insert the first pipe into the fitting until it goes no further. Insert remaining pipes into the fitting. (All pipes should be soldered together rather than one at a time).
  5. If a Yorkshire fitting is being used (which has an integral ring of solder in each port), heat all around the fitting until a shiny ring of solder appears at the edge of the entry port on the fitting. Solder free fittings should be heated and solder wire applied to the edge of the entry port so that it flows into the gap between the fitting and pipe. (make sure it is lead free solder if the the water is for potable (drinking) use).

Warning:

Be careful when using a blowtorch and take suitable precautions to avoid starting a fire. Adjacent plastic plumbing and wiring can easily be melted. Fireproof mats are available for placing behind fittings during heating. A ceramic tile can also give some protection, but avoid directing the flame directly on it, as it can shatter.

Capillary fitting. Notice the integral ring of solder.
Capillary fitting. Notice the integral ring of solder. | Source
Clean the pipe and inside of the fitting with wire wool and coat with flux.
Clean the pipe and inside of the fitting with wire wool and coat with flux. | Source
Heat the fitting with a blowtorch until a ring of solder appears. Fittings without an integral ring of solder must be "fed" with solder wire.
Heat the fitting with a blowtorch until a ring of solder appears. Fittings without an integral ring of solder must be "fed" with solder wire. | Source

How to Use Screwed Plumbing Fittings

Steel pipe with a screwed end, normally has a tapered male thread which mates with a female thread on the other fitting. PTFE plumbing tape or other proprietary thread sealing cord wrapped around the threads, increases lubrication and enables the male thread to be screwed in tighter to produce a watertight seal. The secondary benefit of the tape is to fill the gap between the female and male thread, helping to seal the joint. You can also smear pipe dope (jointing compound) over the tape on the joint to improve sealing in case the tape catches on the threads and rolls around as the fitting is being screwed into place. Traditionally hemp and jointing compound (Boss White, Plumbers Mait) were used for sealing joints. For some applications, if temperature is excessive, PTFE tape may be unsuitable and jointing compound can be used.
Sometimes both male and female threads are parallel in which case they are supposed to be sealed using a fiber washer or O-ring which is compressed by a flange on the fitting. This is often the case with a spigot (outside tap) or a hot water tank. A tapered fitting would possibly result in the fitting tightening suddenly with the spigot at the wrong angle. A washer however allows more leeway as regards tightening the fitting to the correct angle

  1. Hold the fitting or pipe and starting at the inner end of the threads, wrap PTFE tape tightly and evenly clockwise and upwards in a helical fashion until all but the last thread is covered. Leaving the first thread bare makes it easier to get the thread started during assembling of joints.
  2. Continue to wind the thread clockwise and downwards to where you started.
  3. Wind a third layer onto the fitting
  4. Screw the male thread into the female fitting

There is a certain degree of trial and error when winding tape onto fittings. If they are made to a tight tolerance, only a few layers of tape may be needed. Sometimes if fittings are a loose fit, extra tape may be needed (4, 5 or 6 turns).

This compression T-fitting has a 1/2 inch female screw thread. The lower image shows a 1/2 inch to 1/4 inch reduction bushing which could be used for connecting a pressure gauge.
This compression T-fitting has a 1/2 inch female screw thread. The lower image shows a 1/2 inch to 1/4 inch reduction bushing which could be used for connecting a pressure gauge.
Wind the tape clockwise, neatly and tightly around the threads. Three layers should suffice.
Wind the tape clockwise, neatly and tightly around the threads. Three layers should suffice. | Source
Screw the bushing into the fitting and tighten with a wrench.
Screw the bushing into the fitting and tighten with a wrench. | Source

Wrapping Thread Seal Tape

Questions & Answers

  • I am attaching a brass fitting to the threads of black pipe in a natural gas application in order to get to the flex line to the appliance. Or is it better to use the stainless steel, or whatever material it is that comes with the gas connection kits? This is an outdoor application, so I thought brass would hold up longer, but I'm not sure about the dissimilar metals factor?

    There could be an issue with dissimilar metals and Galvanic corrosion. Indoors since water isn't going to get into threads in a gas connection, it's not an issue, but outdoors it may be a different story.

    I'm not a qualified gas plumber/fitter, so I'm not going to advise you.

    You could post on one of the several plumbers forums and they might be able to advise you, but will probably refer you to a professional.

  • I recently had our kitchen faucet changed and now we get a terrible chemical taste only from that faucet, could there be something wrong with the faucet?

    Have you spoken to the manufacturer/retailer? Sometimes plastic (which would be used in seals) has a smell or produces a taste from residues left over from the manufacturing process (e.g. the distinctive smell of PVC or taste from water left for a period in a plastic bottle). Try running the faucet for several minutes and see if it improves the situation.

  • I accidentally drilled a hole in the water feeding pipe. This pipe is totally cemented into the wall. Is there a quicker solution besides chopping the wall open, bending the pipe a bit and putting in a joint, be it soldering or compressing? What is the best solution?

    Hi, there's a couple of suggestions here:

    You'll probably have to clear a space around the burst to insert a section of new pipe or a repair coupler.

    http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/projects/repairing_a_b...

    Two-piece clamps with a rubber shell are also available for emergency repairs but are only a temporary measure until you fix the pipe properly.

    https://www.diy.com/ideas-advice/how-to-deal-with-...

  • What is used to connect a 5/16 inch rubber tube through a hole on a one-inch copper pipe? The system I have that the rubber tube is inserted with a piece of one-inch PVC tube half way and the PVC tube is then inserted into the copper pipe through the hole. The one that came loose can be easily pulled out. I do not see anything on the PVC tube, glue or cement. Other fittings cannot be pulled out easily. Can you tell me how this is done so that the plumbing will not leak?

    If the system isn't under pressure, possibly some form of grommet arrangement could be used to suit the hole in the copper and then the rubber tube would feed through the grommet. This system is sometimes used for fuel lines exiting tanks on e.g. string trimmers.

© 2015 Eugene Brennan

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      Stephen 

      7 weeks ago

      The picture of the "Outside faucet or hose bibb" is actually called a boiler drain. If you put that on the exterior of your home, it would burst first time it freezes. The exterior faucets have stems that seat far enough into the foundation/crawlspace so that even if they ever do freeze, the main plumbing is not affected by it.

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      Eugene Brennan 

      3 months ago from Ireland

      Hi Robert. It sounds like the system used on my hedge cutter. The fuel lines are rubber and simply exit the tank through a hole. The hole is smaller than the rubber tube so the plastic of the tank around the perimeter of the hole digs into the tube, sealing it and stopping the tube from pulling out. Because your pipes are copper, the rubber tube probably doesn't pass directly through the hole because the sharp edge would probably cut into it, so I'm guessing that's the idea of the PVC which is harder.

      I don't know whether this is a standard way of doing things or just a made up arrangement. Presumably if it's standard, new PVC tubing of the correct diameter is available,

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      Robert Huang 

      3 months ago

      I have a radiant heating system. The water is distributed to a zone with one inch copper pipe and it is further distributed with 5/16 inch rubber tubing. The tubes are inserted to the copper pipe through a hole in the copper pipe. One of the tube came loose and it is easily pull out. The tube is inserted to a small piece of pvc tube and the pvc tube is then inserted tthrough the hole to the copper pipe. I do not see any thing on the pvc tube or any glue or cement on it. Can you tell me how it is tightly fitted to the copper pipe? The other rubber tubbing cannot be pull out easily. Thanks a million.

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      Eugene Brennan 

      3 months ago from Ireland

      Thanks for the appreciation Kristen!

      I'm glad it was of help to you.

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      Kristen 

      3 months ago

      Great article. I try to be independent plus I hate to pay a repairman $$$ for something that really isn’t hard or time consuming. I recently changed my kitchen faucet by myself. IT only took me 3 days and lots of googling!

      I am now trying to replace outdoor faucets and pipes. So thankful I found your article. Very informative and in layman’s terms. Thank you.

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      Roy Terry 

      4 months ago from 2700 S. Main Street, Unit E Santa Ana, California

      Very Useful Information! I want to share some more useful information for home owners. If you need to install piping, it’s important to know which kind is the best for your home.

      Which Is the Best Pipe for Home Plumbing?

      There are many types of pipes available for home plumbing. The best one depends on use and application. Here are some popular types of pipes that you can use in your home:

      Copper

      Copper pipe is the most trusted water pipe as it does not have any health risk. These pipes are being used for more than 80 years now. They offer longevity and durability.

      Galvanized Steel

      Galvanized steel pipes are strong but they rust easily, so they are used for carrying non-potable or gray water.

      PEX

      PEX pipes are flexible and color coded pipes that are the best for retrofitting as they do not require soldering. These pipes are now safer than what used to be a few decades earlier.

      PVC

      PVC pipes are used for hot and cold potable water and sewage application. They are easy to install and NSF/ANSI standards are marked on them to show their health effects.

      CPVC

      CPVC pipes contain additional chlorine that makes these pipes safe for drinking water. They are easier to install, are durable and do not have any bad health consequences.

      What type of pipes you should use in your home depends on your needs and budget.

      Thanks for sharing a complete guide to using plumbing fittings for joining PVC, PEX, and copper pipe.

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      steve 

      5 months ago

      Thank You! helped me out a lot!

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      Nic Rollins 

      6 months ago

      Thank you for your very clear and easy to follow article. You have answered some of my very basic questions.

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      Eugene Brennan 

      7 months ago from Ireland

      Hi Gene,

      I'm not a plumber so I can't advise however my own washer outlet feeds into a 40 mm standpipe and I've never had an issue. According to plumbing code, drain pipe has to be sloped a minimum of 1/4 inch per foot. For shorter runs, the gradient needs to be greater since the waste pipe has less length to "store" the water and must discharge it quicker as it fills. Also traps must be 2" for washers (US code).

      Have a look at these links:

      https://books.google.com/books?id=OMVc-nTpqwAC&...

      http://homeguides.sfgate.com/plumb-standpipe-64746...

      http://homeguides.sfgate.com/washing-machine-need-...

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      Gene 

      7 months ago

      I am running a 2 inch stand pipe down to a 2 inch to1 1/2 by the cement floor. The 1 1/2 inch line does go back to a 2 inch line under the floor. This should drain well or not?

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      Hastadur Pun 

      12 months ago

      Very useful article

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      Eugene Brennan 

      13 months ago from Ireland

      Hi Richard,

      This may be of use to you:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_pipe_thread

      I did a Google image search using these terms, it might help you find what you need:

      npt pipe fitings 3/16 elbow compression to female

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      Richard Murphy 

      13 months ago

      Are steel tube fittings and copper tube fittings the same thread, NPT? I am trying to find a Fitting to connect a Steel Heat Riser Tube to my Autolite 4100 Carburetor's Choke. The Compression Nut measures .1875" = 3/16" x 24 and this Nut fits on the Cast Fitting on my Carb's Choke. BUT this cast fitting points toward the Firewall at a 45 degree down angle. I need it to point toward the right/passenger side wheel well. A 90 degree street elbow with the 3/16" (with a Female NPT is what +

      ++++I THINK is what I need.the Compression Nut, Olive Ring and Steel Tube are .1875" = 3/16".) I can find a 90 Elbow that is 3/16" Compression on one end but CANNOT find a 3/16" FPT for the Choke end. I THINK the cast fitting on the Choke is NPT and I need a Female on the Choke end. OR maybe 2 fittings that would accomplish the same thing. Can you confirm that Steel Tubing and Copper Tubing fittings both have NPTs? Might you know of a source for this (apparently) oddball fitting?

      I have spent yesterday and today searching the web with no results. Murphy's Law = and I am Murphy! Thank you, Murf

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      Eugene Brennan 

      2 years ago from Ireland

      Loctite 55 pipe sealing cord is supposed to be good for sealing and locking a tap in place. It allows a 45 degree realignment which isn't possible with PTFE tape. An alternative is to use hemp and jointing compound. Another suggestion I've come across is to form a taper on the threads when winding PTFE tape. This is so that instead of having parallel threads, you now have a taper which will wedge tightly as you tighten.

      It's actually better to feed the supply line into tap from above because in freezing conditions, the shut off valve indoors can be turned off, and the tap turned on to drain the line and tap body. If the feed is from below, everthing will stay filled up and freeze.

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      Woking Mike 

      2 years ago

      With regard to your picture of the brass tap and the wallplate; it would be helpful to explain how to deal with the fact that when you screw the tap onto the wallplate it finally tightens with the tap at a random angle. With the 15mm pipe coming up into the compression joint, how do you make the tap tighten when it is pointing downwards.

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