How to Use a Plastic Pipe Clamp How to Use a Plastic Pipe Clamp
Plastic pipe clamps are special clamps that are specifically shaped to hold pipe firmly without crushing it. This special shape allows substances to continue flowing through the pipe without slowing down due to kinking or denting in the pipe walls. The main advantages that plastic clamps have over metal pipe clamps is that they are corrosion resistant and plastic is strong enough to hold a pipe yet soft enough not to damage it. Plastic pipe clamps are ideal for keeping plumbing lines secure even during fluid surges which both shock and vibrate the pipe. Installing this type of clamp is easy enough for anyone to do on their own.
Step 1 – Plan Where the Piping Will Go
Dry fit the piping to see exactly where the piping will run once it is assembled. Try to plan the plumbing so that the piping can be clamped onto sturdy posts, studs or joists. Use a pen or pencil to mark the areas where clamps will be needed. One advantage of using pipe clamps rather than pipe straps is that a clamp will keep pipes from touching the surfaces they are secured to. In effect, the heat or condensation of the pipe will not affect the stud or joist it is attached to. Clamps are also great for securing pipes that are running vertically along a wall where pipe straps would be ineffective.
Step 2 – Secure the Base of the Pipe Clamp
While there are many different types and styles, all pipe clamps are composed of 2 basic parts: the base and the strap. The base of the pipe clamp is the part that is actually secured to a substrate to keep the clamp immobile. Use the markings that were made on the substrate during the dry fit to determine where to place the base of the clamp. While pressing the base flat against the substrate, secure it to the substrate with screws.
Step 3 – Assemble the Plumbing
Turn the water off and assemble the piping. If the pipes are metal, do any soldering or sweating before clamping them. Likewise, glue or screw together plastic pipe before running them though the clamps. Make sure that the finished product follows the path that was planned during the dry fit, and that the piping rests easily on the base portions of the clamps that have been secured. If the clamps are big enough, it is possible to run more than one pipe through the clamp in order to keep them close together.
Step 4 – Tighten the Straps
Finally, connect the strap portion of the clamp to the base portion. Align the holes in the sides of the base and strap portions of the clamp. Screws must be run through these holes and into the substrate. The further one tightens the screws, the tighter the clamp will get. Tighten the clamp until it is snug, but not over tight. Piping, especially that made of plastic, needs a small amount of room to expand and contract in response to the temperature and pressure within it.