Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Buying and Fitting Brass Compression Fittings

Brass compression fittings and tubes are used in plumbing or electrical applications for joining tubes or thin-walled pipes together, especially if both are made of dissimilar materials. While they are technically easy to install, there are a few things you should consider before buying your equipment and setting it up.
Buy for Compatibility
Check to make sure that the fittings are compatible with the application’s flow pressure, temperature, and process fluid. Otherwise, you might end up in need of replacement sooner than you’re comfortable with. Moreover, make sure that the fittings you’ve bought are not contaminated or corroded by the time you install it.
Clean the Tubes
Make sure that you get the tubes cleaned out before you install them. You can do this simply by running them through running water and letting them dry before setup. This is important because in many cases, the presence of substances that block the tubes could lead to leaks. Moreover, remember that your brass compression tubing can only be used for stationary pipes.
Test for Leaks
After you’ve successfully installed them, check your fittings for leaks. Seal the threads and all the other parts of your brass fittings so that you won’t have to disassemble every component in case you find any leak signs. Make sure that you do not apply too much force when putting the compression fittings in place.

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