Homeowners often require using more than just one type of pipe. Transitional couplings or plumbing fittings make it easier for them to connect different kinds of pipes made of varied materials. These pipe couplings attach pipes made of PVC, galvanized iron or even copper with proper fitting and alignment. However, the 2 most important things to know about these plumbing fitting are: choosing the right transitional pipe fitting and ways to install the same properly.
Attaching galvanized iron to copper machine
When copper needs to be attached to galvanized iron, it requires transitional plumbing fitting with dielectric union. Installation of dielectric union begins with screwing the threaded end of the galvanized iron pipe. After that, make sure that the copper pipe is well-fitted on the other end of the dielectric union followed by fastening the copper pipe properly at place. These transitional couplings or plumbing fittings have a piece of plastic placed between the 2 attached parts that prevents the different metals from adverse reactions and corrosion.
Attaching galvanized iron to PVC or threaded metal
Transitional plumbing fittings, which are also known as threaded adapters, are widely used to connect PVC pipes with other threaded metal pipes. The threaded connector, which is also made of PVC, is attached to the end of the PVC pipe using a solvent. Once the adapter is firmly aligned, the metal pipe threads are joined with the plumber’s tape and then attached properly for a perfect seal.
Attaching a hot water heater pipe with PVC
It may turn out to be a little tricky to fix a PVC pipe with a hot water heater pipe. The 2 pipes made of 2 different materials have varied rates of contraction and expansion as they would have different resistance levels to temperature variations. Installation of hot water transitional fittings requires a solvent to fix to the PVC and then the same is fixed properly using a plumber’s tape.
Attaching PVC to Copper
Grip fittings that are made of metal with rubber O-rings are required to attach PVC pipes to copper pipes. The ends of the PVC and the copper pipes are affixed to the grip fittings properly and the O-ring of the grip fitting is used to tighten the entire grip between the pipes and the connectors.
Attaching the Water Pipe to the Supply Tube
Shut off valves are supposed to be used any time a water pipe is fixed to a supply tube as these fittings are important not only for their plumber connecting requirements but also for controlling the leakage and wastage of water and for controlling the force of the water-flow.
Attaching PVC Pipe to Cast Iron
PVC pipe is attached to cast iron pipe using transitional connectors made of rubber. The process includes putting the fittings on both the ends of the PVC pipe and cast iron pipe followed by tightening the banded connectors together.
A watertight seal can be achieved by combining these banded couplings with the rubber sleeve.It is valuable to know how to use transitional plumbing fittings as it is considered to be an important skill. This helps us to take care of most elementary plumbing repair work in our homes. Also, the materials used for transitional plumbing fittings can be easily found at home.