OPUS

Water Service: Copper

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Water service systems include the connection, piping and associated valves and accessories that...
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Copper is a long lasting, corrosion resistant, lightweight and strong material that involves...
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Benefit of Material to Systems Application

The characteristics of lightweight copper tubing make it an excellent, durable choice for use in water service systems, and it was for many years the preferred material for this application. It is approved for water service applications. However, copper water services are not as common as they once were in small sizes, 1” and down. High density polyethylene (HDPE), CPVC and other plastics are gaining popularity for water service applications due to their lower cost, their resistance to corrosion and other soil-related problems.

System Application and Material Usage

Water service systems are typically installed with Type L copper tubing, because it offers more thickness than type M and is less expensive than Type K, which is the thickest walled and usually reserved for high pressure riser or buried applications where its increased strength and wall thickness are required. For a water-service pipe, soft, rolled copper is normally used. By using coiled copper, plumbers can normally roll the tubing into the trench in a solid length, without joints, reducing the risk of leaks.

Joints may be soldered, brazed, roll grooved for use with a mechanical coupling (only Type L, K, DWV), flanged, or other mechanical joining methods.

Solders having greater than 0.20-percent Lead (Pb) content are prohibited from use is potable water systems. Where local codes permit, use alloy Sn50 only for NON-potable water applications. DO NOT use for any piping that may come in contact with potable water system.

Because copper is readily formed, expansion loops and other bends are quickly made by simple hand tools employing mandrels, dies, forms and fillers, or power operated bending machines. Both annealed tube and hard drawn tube can be bent with the appropriate hand benders. The proper size of bender for each size tube must be used.

Manufacturers and Suppliers Participating in OPUS

ANVIL International

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Cerro Flow Products LLC

Cerro Flow Products LLC is a manufacturer of world-class grade copper tube for the plumbing,......
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Elkhart Products Corporation

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Embassy Group LTD

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F.W. Webb Company

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Ferguson

Ferguson specializes in providing PVF, Plumbing, HVAC and Related Specialty Products and......
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Grinnell Mechanical Products, A Tyco International Company

Grinnell Mechanical Products, a leading brand of Tyco International Company, manufactures a wide......
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J.O. Galloup Company

J.O. Galloup Company is a premier distributor of commercial and industrial piping products,......
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Mueller Industries, Inc.

Mueller Industries, Inc. is the leading U.S. manufacturer of copper tube, copper fittings and......
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NIBCO INC.

NIBCO Inc. is a recognized industry leader of flow control solutions to the residential and......
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Victaulic

Victaulic is the world's leading manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining products. For over 80......
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Viega

Founded in 1899, Viega manufactures and distributes the highest quality plumbing, heating and......
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Wade Drains

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Weldbend Corporation

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WinWholesale, Inc.

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Applicable Joining Methods

Brazing

Brazing is a joining process that produces coalescence of metals by heating the components to a...
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Flanged

Flanging maybe used for threaded or plane-end pipe. After a flange component is installed on the...
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Grooved

Grooved pipe joints consist of two grooved pipe ends (typically roll grooved) connected with a...
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Mechanical

Used for ductile iron pipe, the mechanical joining method consists of a number of components...
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Solder

Soldering copper pipe, or “sweating” as it is called in the trades, joins the pipe...
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