About Bronze and Brass Pipe Fittings
If you want a component that lasts, try bronze fitting and brass fittings in your plumbing and HVAC installations. Ensuring you have the right fittings for the job is half of getting it done right. Bronze and brass fittings both have the versatility to work in different types of applications.
Typically, bronze fittings are more durable than brass fittings and resist mineral buildup in your pipe, if that is a problem in your area. Here at PlumbersStock, we carry hundreds of brass pipe fittings that help connect, adapt or control the flow of gas, air, or liquid. These brass fittings can be used with brass, iron, and copper pipes. Whether you are putting in a new gas line, or you are fixing the fittings on your pipes leading to your water heater, we have what you need.
Types of Brass Fittings
The following is a list and explanation of some of the most common brass fittings to help you get started off on the right foot. All the basic principles apply to bronze fittings as well.
- The nipple is a fitting where both ends have male threading to connect two other fittings. Like the Nipple, the brass coupler commonly has two ends with female threading to connect two brass fittings or piping.
- The reducer and increaser are key when you need to connect two pieces of pipe or other fittings which are different in diameter. These fittings can come in both Male and Female, and here at Plumbersstock, we have both and in whatever size you need.
- The brass compression fitting is used in many projects and applications such as for gas, chemical, and oil. They are used mainly for their ability to create a tight leak-proof seal. They are also used in hot and cold water faucets and toilet stop valves.
- The flare fitting differs from the compression fitting, and you should take care to avoid confusing the two because they are not interchangeable. The Flare fitting has a threaded nut and not a compression ring. The nut is tightened to create a firm hold on the fitting and make the connection leak-proof. Occasionally, you will have to tighten the nut over time as the pressure can loosen it.
- A very common and useful brass fitting is the elbow. The Elbow fitting allows you to change the direction of your piping. They are most commonly found at a 45, or 90-degree angle, but are also made with a 22.5-degree angle.
- PlumbersStock also carries a large variety of caps and plugs. These brass fittings are used when you need to cap or plug up a pipe that ends, or is not in use. The Caps have female threading, and the Plugs have male threading.
- Flanged brass pipe fittings help to secure two surfaces together tightly with threaded bolt, clamps or wedges. Some flanges require welding or soldering. Flanges come in many different types for plumbing such as threaded, blind, socket, reducing, orifice, slip-on, weld neck or lap joint.
- The tee fitting is used to split or combine a fluid flow.
- Sharkbite fittings are push-to-connect fittings, which require little to no time in the connection process. Simply push the pipe into the fitting, and it creates a strong, secure bond.
Installation Tips for Bronze and Brass Fittings
Due to the applications/jobs that are performed by brass plumbing fittings and the corresponding pipes, it is essential to have the proper installation. Whether the piping that you are working on is carrying a liquid, gas or air, proper installation is necessaryfor consistent performance from your system. Improper installation can lead to flooding, fire hazards and even damage to appliances. You should know what fittings you need and their appropriate sizing.
Another GREAT tip for working with brass pipe fittings are the use of Teflon Tape also known as Thread Seal Tape. When this tape is applied to the exposed threading of a pipe or fitting, it creates a secure, strong bond. This helps eliminate some of the maintenance that is required with re-tightening the fittings. Do not use too much of the tape though because it could inhibit the threads from mating together properly.
What Is the Difference between a Male and Female Pipe Fitting?
Oftentimes, in order to get a secure and strong connection between the fittings and pipes being used, you will need them to be threaded. The threading allows you to create a strong bond while connecting a brass plumbing fitting. These threaded fittings will be marked with either an “M” or “F”, which stands for male or female.
- The Male fitting has threading on the outside to screw into another fitting or pipe.
- The Female fitting has the threads on the inside to screw onto another brass fitting or pipe.
- Occasionally, some fittings have both Male and Female threading on opposite sides. This allows for connecting different pipes and pieces easily. The Male and Female distinction is made to enhance safety and proper functioning.
Buy Bronze and Brass Fittings
Here at PlumbersStock, we know that there is a sense of accomplishment when a project is performed correctly. Our professional staff is here to help you complete the job whether you are a contractor or do-it-yourselfer! With our unbeatable prices on the web, you can find all the brass pipe fittings you need. If you need any help with your order or finding what you need, please contact us, and we can help your project. Remember, if you need something more durable, bronze fittings might do the trick.