bronze fittings and copper fittings

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  1. lmei007

    lmei007 Member

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    when will you use bronze fittings, such as cast bronze tee, when will you use copper tees in a copper pipe hot water heating system?
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    MACPLUMB 777 TROJAN WORLDWIDE SALES RP

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    Check my reply on the ridgid forum as i am not going to retype it all here !
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    jimbo Plumber

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    [h=2]By the magic of cut an paste, here is jerrymacs dissertation!
    For DIYfun, you may be confusing wrot copper or cast copper fittings, with brass , or bronze. No problem using ANY of those. Brass is more expensive, bronze fittings are not readily sold in this market and would be VERY expensive.



    [​IMG] Re: bronze fittings and copper fittings[/h]
    you have your terms mixed up, plumbers do not use bronze pipe fittings they use " brass " fittings
    if i am running a copper water system then i use all copper fittings
    but if you are talking about a hydronic heating system then i might use brass fittings
    the main difference between the two is cost as the brass cost more
    on the other hand if i was trying to finish a solder job and all i had was brass fittings then i would use them rather then taking time to go get copper fittings

  4. MACPLUMB 777

    MACPLUMB 777 TROJAN WORLDWIDE SALES RP

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    Thank you JIMBO
    for the assit should of thought of that myself
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  5. lmei007

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    The cast bronze is the label I copied from Lowes.

    I found all the tees in my existing hot water heating system are "cast bronze". I noticed those "cast bronze" tees are more expensive. The copper tees are easier to solder and cheapier. So I was thinking there must be a reason for a plumber to use hard to handle and more expensive fittings.
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    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    quote; So I was thinking there must be a reason for a plumber to use hard to handle and more expensive fittings.

    Not really. He may just have them handy, and some specific hydronic fittings only come in cast brass/bronze. Just because Lowes CALLS them cast bronze, does not necessarily mean that is what they are.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2012
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    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

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