Diy Plumbing Fittings
DIY plumbing fittings depend entirely on the type of pipe you use for DIY plumbing jobs. When you do a completely new plumbing job, you will buy the correct fittings for the job. When you do maintenance jobs, repairs or renovations, you will need to match the fittings to the materials you are working with. So for your DIY project you will find a range of DIY plumbing fittings made from different materials including copper, steel and various types of plastic. Before you go shopping, check that you know what you need in terms of DIY plumbing fittings.
As a DIY plumber, you are more likely to work on water supply and perhaps above-ground waste water pipework. Below-ground drains and pipes are more usually the realm of professional, registered plumbers. So what materials are these above-ground pipes usually made of? Galvanized steel pipe used to be common, but today we tend to use the different types of plastic pipe for both hot and cold water. Copper is still a popular option, especially for hot water, but it is becoming an increasingly expensive choice.
When we join plastic pipes we use either a matching plastic fitting (depending of course on the type of plastic the pipe is made from) or a brass fitting manufactured for use with that type of pipe. We also use brass fittings with copper pipes, and these are either compression fittings that we fix between the two pieces of copper pipe to join them tightly, or capillary fittings that we solder to join them to the copper pipe. When we join steel pipes we normally use steel fittings or we weld the pipes together.
The different Materials for your DIY Plumbing Fittings
We are sometimes able to use different pipe materials together so that they form one pipe system or network, or to join old pipe to new pipe. Certainly, joining water pipes isn't difficult, but it is important to make sure that joins are watertight, that they don't leak, and that no jointing materials get inside the bore of the pipe.
Having discovered which type of material your DIY plumbing fitting should be made of, you need to choose the correct fitting. Some fittings, like elbows, let you turn corners if pipework isn't flexible enough to simple bend round a corner like PEX pipe. The fitting will determine whether you join pipes at 90degrees or 45degrees. Tees allow you to join the ends of three pieces of pipe together. Reducing tees enable you to join pipes that are different diameters in size. Your plumbing supplier will be able to tell you exactly what you need when you go to buy your DIY plumbing fittings.