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Compression Tube Fittings

Updated on August 18, 2010

Compression Tube Fittings

Compression Connection: Easy Plumbing for Everyone

Plumbing used to be the sole reign of the master plumber before the invention of fittings using a compression connection seal-proofing design. It is now possible for almost anyone, even if they have had no experience with plumbing before, to use compression tube fittings.You see these everywhere. If you look under your sink, behind your toilet or near the basement boiler, you will see some shape or design of tube fitting being used.

The genius of the compression connection is based on an idea which is as simple as taking a piece of gum or molding clay to plug a hole in order to stop an air or liquid leak.

As simple as this idea is, the effective application and result has literally revolutionized plumbing.

Compression tube fittings based on the action of a seal-tight compression connection for water, oil, petrochemicals, steam and almost any other liquid substance imaginable has become an unprecedented, multi billion dollar, world-wide industry.When connecting two pieces of pipe, one uses a soft material such as copper or plastic within the fitting that will be adjoining the pipe segments.

The soft material becomes squeezed into every ‘nook and cranny’ of the threaded pipe material. The result is a complete water-tight connection. There is no further sealant necessary, such as solder, to fully arrest any liquid flowing through the pipes and the joining assembly unit.

This is great news for the homeowner. Anyone, even on the first attempt, could be completely successful in installing the entire assembly of pipes, compression tube fitting and related valves to their bathroom and kitchen sink systems.

The compression connection factor occurs naturally when one tightens the nut that is placed over the soft copper or plastic part called a ‘ferrule’ or 'olives'.

1. One simply makes the nut hand tight against the olive. Taking a common adjustable “monkey” wrench, one proceeds with another quarter or half turn.

2. Turn the water main gradually to the full open position. If the water flow is excellent and there’s no observable dripping at the connecting points, you’re done!

3. In the event that there is some small leakage, such as drops appearing, simply tighten a bit more.

4. It may happen that the budding plumber fails at the first attempt and strips the assembly or damages the pipe. This is no need for panic as these parts are very inexpensive and easy to replace.

It’s advisable when first taking on this task to purchase tube fitting parts and spare pipe when first working with a compression connection project.

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