Brass compression fittings are easy to install yourself, without hiring plumbers for the job. This lets you save on costs and also puts you in the habit of being able to take care of plumbing needs in your own home. The installation is not at all taxing and a few simple tips shall make it easier.
Tip 1: Compatibility
When purchasing the brass compression fittings, check if they are compatible with the flow pressure, temperature, application pressure and the process fluid. Check that none of the fittings are corroded or contaminated before installation. The tubings must not have any scratches or nicks on the surface.
Tip 2: Sealing
There are 2 types of threads present in the brass compression fittings, the male and female. Make sure that when you wrap the sealing tape on the male thread on the compression seat, you wrap it twice around, in the clockwise direction.
Tip 3: Clean Tubes
The brass tubes must be cleaned thoroughly before installation. Wash the tubes in running water and let them dry before proceeding with installation. This is an absolute must, as it helps to prevent leakage hrough the tubes later, due to presence of any substances that block the tubing. Brass compression fittings must always be used with pipe connections that are stationary and are permanent. Remember that these fittings cannot be used with pipes or tubes that are bent, since the compression rings will not fit on bent pipes.
Tip 4: Lubrication
It is better to lubricate the compression nut thread before installation. Though your fittings are new, lubrication helps in a smoother installation.
Tip 5: Compression Nuts and Rings
The brass compression fittings have rings and nuts that need to be attached to the ends of the brass tubes for installing the compression fittings. Make sure that the rings are positioned at a distance of 2 inches from the end of the tubes. The rings and nuts must be set such that they fit snugly onto the pipe. They have to comfortably rest onto the seat of the compression fitting. Make use of proper wrenches to tighten the nuts. Check if the ring is properly tightened after threading the nut into it. It is advised that you use a crescent wrench for brass compression fitting installation. Never tighten the parts more than necessary.
Tip 6: Leak Testing
You need to check the fittings for leaks after installation. Sealing the threads is an integral step. While using brass compression fittings, proper sealing of all parts of the set up is needed, so that after leak testing, if any defects are found, the set up can be adjusted without having to disassemble the entire system later on. While putting the compression fittings in place, handle the parts with care, so that you do not apply too much force on any of them. This could lead to hairline cracks or internal damages, that need to be replaced with a brand new part all over again.