Flexible copper tubing

What common application for flexible copper tubing is to join two holes?

In fact, there are three different types of connections – Lender Bend, Stopped Bend and Pins and Stems. The Lender Bend allows for one end to be bent to the other without the interference of large diameter radiators. Stopped Bend joins two ends by creating a space between them and means that the bend stays in its original position.

A variation on this type of connection is the insertion of a flexible PVC pipe into a Lender Bend or Stopped Bend. The copper tube may have a small radius to it so that it can be inserted into the other end. This type of connection has the potential to become very costly if left unfixed as the PVC gas may be drawn back into the system. With the use of a threaded connector, an engineer can join both ends of a flexible PVC pipe at once. If you intend to connect flexible copper tubing to a variety of fittings, you should know which type of joints to avoid.

How do you connect flexible copper tubing?

Flexible copper tubingStandard threaded connectors are used to connect flexible copper tubing to standard rigid copper pipe fitting systems. To ensure that the joint is strong enough to support the combined weight of the two materials, it may be necessary to use galvanized nuts and bolts. Galvanized nuts and bolts are commercially available, but they can be more expensive than standard nuts and bolts. This can be offset with the fact that standard threaded connectors have lower cost per pound when compared to galvanized nuts and bolts.

Another type of coupling you may come across is the flare nut. Unlike the other type of connection, a flare nut is not intended to join two flexible copper tubing ends, but is intended to join a flare joint. A flare joint is created by welding two flat components together. These components can be made out of aluminum, steel or iron. Typically a flare joint is used in gas distribution.

What is a compression tube fitting?

Tubing is also connected using compression fittings. Compression fittings are similar to the nut and bolt design. In general, compression fittings can be grouped into three main styles. These are screw-on, clip-on and boom. Each style has its own pros and cons when compared to one another.

The Screw-ons are the most popular style. This type of coupling involves the fitting of a flexible copper pipe onto a rigid copper pipe. The flexible copper pipe is supplied in a pre-determined length. Once the flexible copper pipe is connected to the rigid copper pipe, its other end is fitted with a threaded end piece, usually made out of brass or steel. This type of coupling typically requires more precision than other types of couplings, thus they are more expensive.

What is loosely coupled means?

Clip-ons are a type of loose coupling that only involves one connection. In this case, two holes will be drilled on both sides of the coupling, then a pair of clips are inserted in the holes. Then a few screws are inserted in the studs so that the clips can be held securely in place. These screws will often have to be tightened in order to keep the clips in place. The boom type features two holes and a threaded end. It is a more reliable type of coupling than the screw-on design.

Finally, boom joints are a type of loose coupling where two holes will have to be drilled on both sides of the joint and the studs will have to be inserted in the holes. The studs will also have to be tightened in order to keep the screws in place. The boom type usually requires more precision than other styles, so they are more expensive. However, they are very reliable and can be a lot more durable than other types of couplings.