All About Industrial Equipment

« Back to Home

Get The Right Fit: How To Choose The Right Pipe Fittings For Your Project

Posted on

If your next project is going to require you to work with pipes and pipe fittings, be sure to start with the right supplies. The last thing you want is to choose the wrong pipe fittings for your project. You might think that all fittings are the same, but that's simply not the case. The wrong fittings can spell disaster for your entire project, and increase your risk of accidents and injuries. Here are some tips that will help you choose the right pipe fittings for your project. 

Know What Type You Need

As explained above, when it comes to pipe fittings, they're not all the same. Before you begin your project, you need to identify the type of fittings you're going to need. Elbow fittings allow you to change the direction of the line throughout the project. Your tee fittings will allow you to connect two sections together, while your cross fittings will allow for the connection of multiple lines. Each type of fitting serves a specific need within your project. 

Address Pressure Needs

If you're going to be dealing with pressure constraints - whether liquid or gas - you need to choose the right fittings. Choosing the wrong fittings for the pressure they'll endure could result in serious injuries, especially if the fittings come loose. Barbed fittings work well for low-pressure projects. However, if your pipes and fittings are going to be exposed to high pressure situations, cam fittings will be your best option. 

Plan for Temperature Concerns

Temperature is another concern that you'll need to address when choosing the right pipe fittings for your project. If your pipes will be used to carry hot liquid, you'll need fittings that can withstand the temperatures. Transporting hot liquids through pipes and fittings that aren't equipped for the job can lead to catastrophic consequences. Before you choose your pipes and pipe fittings, consider the temperature needs for your particular project. 

Maintain Material Compatibility 

Finally, when it comes to choosing the right pipe fittings, you need to identify the type of pipe you'll be using. It's important for the materials to be compatible. For instance, if you'll be working with PVC pipe, you'll need to choose PVC fittings. However, if you'll be working with bronze, brass, or stainless steel, you'll need to choose your pipe fittings accordingly. 

If this will be your first time working with pipes and pipe fittings, the information provided here will help you choose the right fittings for the job.