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4 Kinds Of Plumbing Pipe Fittings

If you are going to have any kind of plumbing work done on your house, you might want to make sure that you know what kind of piping and pipe fittings that the plumbers are going to be using. That way you know that things are being done the right way and assure you that your plumbing is going to last for a long time. So, what are some the kinds of pipe fittings that the plumber may use?

Adaptor

An adaptor is a very important kind of pipe fitting. That's because you may have pipes that need to fit together that either don't have any kind of fitting on the end or that have the same kind of connection. If you have pipes that have two female connectors on the end, then you aren't going to be able to put them together, since they don't match up. But, putting an adaptor on the end of one of the pipes will allow you to connect it to the other pipe. 

Tee

You can't play golf with these tees, but you can use them to help change direction or split pipes. They look like a T. That allows two pipes to come into the connector and then go out into one pipe in a perpendicular direction. This can be a good way for a main water pipe to break off so that it can continue to go into a particular direction while still allowing for another pipe to go off to a bathroom. 

Elbow

Since you can't really bend pipes at a 90° angle without causing damage to the pipes, if the pipes need to go around a corner, you need to have the right kind of connector. In this setting, it's an elbow joint. An elbow connector works just like your elbow, it allows two straight pipes to join together to go around corners or go around obstructions. 

Coupler

A coupler is a connector that slides over the two pipes that it's connecting. The pipes have to be the same diameter and the same kinds of pipes. The coupler is then soldered or welded into place. In order to get rid of it, the pipes will need to be cut on either side of the coupler. The coupler is a good choice when it comes to broken pipes. The couple can just slide over a break or leak and cover it up, making a solid pipe again. 

If you are going to have some plumbing work done, it's important to make sure that you know what's going into your plumbing system.

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