When buying gas products, one of the factors that compel people to take that step is the need for pipe fittings. Pipe fittings play the central role in determining the safety and quality of the gas system, whether at home or at your business premises. To ensure the correct procedure is followed, there are a number of things you need to pay attention to.
The first thing is to ensure that you plan the fittings, even before you make any purchase. The first step is to determine where the pipes are going to pass through. Safety, security and convenience are the three things that you need to pay attention to when planning.
Safety and Convenience
In order to be safe, ensure that the piping is passing through a well ventilated area away from people or other potential obstructions. Security is another thing to consider in case you intend to pass the metal piping outside your house. In some areas, any metal piping is something of value to scrap metal thieves. Consider convenience because the piping could determine where the stove and the gas cylinder will be placed. All these things must be put into account even before you begin taking measurements or buying gas accessories.
Take the measurement between the two points and ensure they are accurate. Determine how much of the fitting pipe you need for the installation. The way you go about making this installation will be determined by the kind of materials used for the piping.
If you want to do PVC pipe fittings, you will need to get the appropriate gas accessories for PVC. These include PVC cement, PVC cement application brush and PVC pipes. For copper fittings, you may need flux and a brush. You will also need to get your hands on a propane torch if you want to do all the fittings by yourself.
Be Aware of Legal Issues
Another thing you need to take note of, is that the fittings you buy cannot be of any random size even if they seem to work properly on your gas system. The law stipulates the kind of gas products fittings and the appropriate size for every application, whether at home or for business. The amount of gas going through the pipes is one of the main factors that will dictate the type of pipe fittings you get. It is always best to consult an expert when in doubt, to avoid legal and safety issues.