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Can I attach metal fittings and plastic fittings?

Yes, there are transition fittings that make this...

 

What does O.D. and I.D. mean?

This refers to the diameter of a pipe. Some pipes are measured base on their outside diameter, or O.D. Others are measured by their interior...

 

What is the proper way to join galvanized to copper pipe?

You should use a dielectric union. This will prevent electrolysis from occurring, which deteriorates the copper...

 

Do you measure the diameter of hard copper and the same as soft copper?

No, you measure hard coppers with I.D. (inside diameter). You measure soft coppers by their O.D. (outside...

 

What is a compression fitting?

This type of fitting squeezes a brass or plastic ring around copper or plastic...

 

Can I solder soft copper?

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What is a flare fitting?

A connector is slipped over the end of a copper tube, which is then flared out using a special tool. The fitting can then be screwed into another...

 

What is the difference between soft copper tubing and hard copper tubing?

Hard copper is rigid line used throughout the house. Soft copper is used where flexibility is needed, such as faucet supply...

 

How should I cut plastic pipe?

Any fine tooth saw will work, but make sure you remove any...

 

What do the letters “K,” “L” and “M” on copper tubing mean?

Type K is the heaviest. Type L is medium weight and used most often for waterlines in homes. Type M is thinner and is used underground or for light...

 
 
 


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