Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Best Ways to Connect Metal Tubing by Hand

Square brass tubing is widely used in industry, but is especially popular in buildings and for decorative purposes in furniture and artwork. The most common method of connecting metal tubing is by welding. However this requires a high level of skill as well as expensive equipment. There are a number of other ways you can connect metal tubing by hand without the use of welding equipment.

Hardware Assembly

The process of hardware assembly typically involves using two overlapped pieces of sheet metal with a hole drilled or punched through. This allows the hardware through to connect the two pieces of tubing, common hardware includes nuts, bolts and screws. This type of connection is beneficial as it’s not permanent, it’s easy to fix and it’s very affordable.


Riveting involves joining two pieces of tubing with a rivet, which is a metal fastener that has a cylindrical post with a head that is placed into a drilled or punched hole. The post is then expanded which holds the two pieces together, it is a good way of connecting tubes as it’s more permanent than hardware assembly but at the same time it allows for flexibility to deal with expansion and contraction caused by temperature changes. This method of joining is used in aircraft and ships.


Brazing is similar to welding in that you use a filler metal heated to over 800 degrees fahrenheit to connect the two pieces together, however it is much cheaper than welding and acts more like an adhesive. Soldering is the same as brazing except the filler material is heated to less than 800 degrees fahrenheit.

To find out more about the methods of joining metal tubes without welding, contact a trusted supplier of metal tubes, they will be able to supply you with the information you’ll need.

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