BSP Fittings And Plumbing Tips For You
Before we talk about BSP Fittings and plumbing tips, let’s know a bit of plumbing. Plumbing has a long history since the times of the Roman Empire. The engineer or the individual who practices plumbing is called the Plumber. “Plumbing is any system that conveys fluids for a wide range of applications. Plumbing uses pipes, valves, plumbing fixtures, tanks, and other apparatuses to convey fluids.” Well, it’s the Wikipedia definition given on plumbing.
Plumbing hasn’t changed a lot since the Roman Empire times. Anyway, the new technology has created many new fittings and components made of superior materials. Many standards fitting such as BSP Fittings has revolutionized plumbing industry to a greater extent. BSP Fittings has become the standard in plumbing except in the US. In the US, NPT is the standard used.
Plumbing Tips: OK, now let’s come to the article topic. I am giving you some plumbing tips.
Let’s get started!
* Heat to loosen stuck pipes: It’s a common issue that the plumbers often come across. Using NPT on BSP Fittings is a common cause of stuck pipes. Also, if the metal pipes are old and rusted; then you will have a hard time when removing them. Get your blow torch and heat the pipe for a minute or so. The flame from a blow torch can damage the surroundings, so use a flame-resistant cloth for extra safety. Wait! You can do it for waste and water pipes. But never for fuel or gas lines.
* Don’t overtighten the lines: When you have a good spanner, you get the guts to exert your brute force to tighten the lines. But it can damage the lines. Did you know that overtightening the lines is riskier than under tightening? You can always tighten a loose line, but undoing an overtightened line is a nightmare.
* Understand the difference between NPT and BSP Fittings: NPT connections are the top choice in the US and Canada. As you can see in the picture, NPT adapters work on “out of roundness principle.” The tapered threads wedge into the female adapters. Anyway, overtightening and lack of lubrication can damage the threads, and it’s the downside of the NPT connections.
BSPT Fittings, on the other hand, have flanks of threads with an angle of 55 degrees from root to crest So, if you mix and use NPT and BSP Fittings; they will not seal the connection. BSPP Fittings are popular in UK, Asia, Australia, Europe, South Africa, and New Zeland. It’s a parallel thread fitting as shown in this picture
* Cutting hassles: There may be times that no matter how hard you try, you can’t remove a connection or a fitting. Cutting away the hassle is the best option you have then. Especially, rusted metal connections will give you a hard time when taking off. So, cut away the hassle from the root. You can use an electrical tool or a simple hacksaw blade for it.
Some final words: Avoid cheap imports. If you are an amateur, don’t hesitate to get advice from a plumbing expert. Plumbing is a handy thing to learn, and there’s a good demand for plumbers in the Europe.