Brass has been one of the more tenured metals in the market. People in previous ages, upon the discovery of zinc, have used brass for various purposes, such as in forging tools and weaponry. Fast forward to the twenty-first century, brass is still used as a viable metal, mainly serving as pipework, such as for indoor plumbing and home and car radiators, among others.
Brass is mainly copper with the addition of zinc. This copper alloy, distinct from bronze, which can be mixed with other metallic substances (manganese, phosphorus, silicon, but mainly tin) yields a highly malleable material ideal for many everyday objects from decorative doorknobs and lighting fixtures to low-friction applications, such as valves, plumbing components, electronic parts, and musical instruments.
Compared with other metal pipes, brass pipes can be adjusted on-site by heating them at the right temperature and applying enough force to have it bend accordingly. Since brass metals are less likely to incur clogging due to internal rust buildup, most builders or pipe layers prefer to use brass pipes for hot water supply lines in most homes.
Brass’ low melting point makes this metal alloy easily malleable when being forged into new tools or instruments. It has a muted yellow color, similar to gold but less lustrous than gold. Brass is also popularly used as a protective component to countercheck spark, as in brass fittings around fixtures with explosive gas.