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SharkBite vs CPVC

SharkBite and CPVC are two distinct plumbing solutions that have revolutionized the plumbing industry. They offer different benefits and features, catering to specific needs and preferences in modern plumbing systems.

SharkBite: SharkBite is a brand that specializes in push-to-connect plumbing fittings. These fittings are designed to create secure and reliable connections between pipes without the need for soldering, threading, or other traditional methods. SharkBite fittings are compatible with various types of pipes, including copper, PEX, and CPVC. The fittings consist of a brass body with an integrated O-ring and gripping teeth. When a pipe is pushed into the fitting, the teeth grip onto the pipe, creating a tight seal, while the O-ring provides additional leak protection.

Sharkbite with CPVC

One of the major advantages of SharkBite fittings is their ease of use. They are designed to simplify the installation process, making it accessible to both professional plumbers and DIY enthusiasts. The fittings can be easily installed in tight spaces without the need for specialized tools or equipment. This ease of installation can save time and reduce labor costs for plumbing projects. Additionally, SharkBite fittings are reusable and can be easily disconnected using a disconnect clip, allowing for modifications or repairs to be made without replacing the entire fitting.

However, there are a few considerations to keep in mind when using SharkBite fittings. They are generally more expensive than traditional fittings, which might impact the overall project cost. Additionally, while SharkBite fittings are widely accepted and used, some plumbing codes and regulations may vary, so it’s important to check local codes before using them.

CPVC: CPVC, or Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride, is a type of plastic piping material that has gained popularity in both residential and commercial plumbing applications. CPVC pipes are known for their durability, corrosion resistance, and ease of installation. They are often used for hot and cold water distribution systems, and they are particularly well-suited for applications where metal pipes might corrode or degrade over time.

One of the key advantages of CPVC pipes is their resistance to chemical corrosion and scaling. Unlike metal pipes, CPVC pipes are not susceptible to rust or scale buildup, which can help maintain water quality and extend the lifespan of the plumbing system. CPVC pipes also have a smooth interior surface, reducing the likelihood of clogs or blockages.

CPVC pipes are joined using solvent cement, which chemically bonds the pipes and fittings together. This creates a strong and leak-resistant connection. The installation process is relatively straightforward, making CPVC a popular choice for both professionals and DIYers. Additionally, CPVC systems tend to be more affordable than some other alternatives, making them a cost-effective option for various plumbing projects.

However, CPVC pipes do have some limitations. They may not be suitable for extremely high-temperature applications, as excessive heat can potentially cause the material to weaken. Additionally, some concerns have been raised about the long-term effects of exposure to certain chemicals on CPVC pipes, so it’s important to ensure that the chosen CPVC material is approved for the intended use.

In conclusion, both SharkBite and CPVC offer unique advantages in modern plumbing systems. SharkBite fittings provide quick and tool-free installation, while CPVC pipes offer durability and chemical resistance. The choice between these two options depends on factors such as the specific plumbing project, budget, and local building codes. As technology and materials continue to evolve, these innovative solutions contribute to the ongoing advancement of the plumbing industry.

6 Things Your Boss Expects You Know About Press Vs Solders

PRESS OR DIE

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The plumbing world just like everywhere else is moving at a record pace. New technologies emerge almost on a daily basis, at the forefront of these technologies are 2 companies leading the way in form and function.

RIDGID and VIEGA are those companies improving the plumbing, heating and gasfitting trade worldwide and right here in Calgary!!

Viega press fitting system solutions are designed to integrate and our preferred press tool for installing Viega systems is designed the same way. One press tool can make connections on Viega ProPress, Viega MegaPress and Viega PureFlow PEX systems, simply by changing jaw sets.

Viega has partnered with RIDGID since 1999 to offer system-matched tools for each of our engineered press fitting systems. With jaws, rings and actuators in sizes ranging from ½” to 4″, these tools can accommodate nearly every type of plumbing, heating or pipe joining project.

Installers no longer need heavy welding tanks or cumbersome threading machines to make a secure pipe connection. With Viega as the single source for the entire installation, you can trust that all components will work together as a unified whole.

No Sparks, No Mess
Flameless press technology eliminates sweating, brazing and grooving. No need for burn permits or fire watches.

Leaves no joining material buildup, exposed threads or tarnish, creating a clean, professional appearance.

Fast and Reliable
Makes secure wet or dry press connections in less than seven seconds on existing or brand new systems.

Installers no longer need heavy welding tanks or cumbersome threading machines to make a secure pipe connection.

Trust every connection you make knowing we spend thousands of hours every year testing our tools in real-world situations; the result is total compatibility on every job in nearly every condition and application.

Rookies in Action

 

PRESS OR PUSH

SHARKBITE AND PROPRESS COMBINED PROPERLY

Time saving
Push fit technology has been designed to optimise time efficiency and to help ensure installers are able to work across jobs more effectively.

No tools needed for installation
Unlike press fit methods, push fit fittings require no additional tools for installation. Once cutting, measuring and deburring of the pipes has been undertaken, the actual jointing takes just seconds to complete.

Easily de-mountable
Another key benefit is that the fitting can be easily de-mounted if there has been an error in installation or removal is required. This is not as simple with press fittings, or where traditional methods are concerned.

Importantly, if removal is required, there is only minimal need for additional materials or new pipework; the installer need only remove the existing fitting with the appropriate release tool and replace with a new one providing the pipe is not damaged.

SHARKBITE USED IMPROPERLY

Its vital to the success of your job and the trade to be blunt that you understand the difference and proper applications of press, push, soldered and mechanically jointed systems. If in doubt hire a professional in the Calgary area like Baker Plumbing Inc.

 

Credit to RIDGID TOOLS VIEGA PRESSand HVP Magazine

Homer Simpson’s Guide to Grooving Copper Pipe

Homer Simpson was unavailable

Even better the young apprentices that have their fingers on the button as it were and ready to show the world how this important skill can be developed. With a whole 5 years of experience between them, what could possibly go wrong? Follow along as the steps needed to complete this important skill are discussed. If you’re looking for a commercial plumber near you then look no further than Baker Plumbing in Calgary.

Copper Pipe

Copper pipes are commonly used in the commercial construction industry for water supply lines and refrigerant lines in HVAC (heating, cooling, and air-conditioning) systems. Copper pipes can be manufactured as soft or rigid copper and offer excellent corrosion-resistance and reliable connections. The three most common types of copper pipe used in residential and commercial construction are Type K, Type L, and Type M. A fourth type, used for drain-waste-vent, or DWV, piping, can be found in some older homes.

For today we using 2.5″ copper K pipe which is the only type or quality that is approved for this type of joining method. Working on commercial boiler systems can be a hazardous undertaking. This work should only be completed by professional tradesmen or women that have extensive experience completing such work. Or as shown here under the direct supervision of a Master plumber.

  • Type K Copper Pipe: Type K copper pipe has the thickest wall of all the common types. It is used for water distribution, fire protection, oil, HVAC, and many other applications in the construction industry. Type K pipe is available in a rigid and flexible form and can be used with flared and compression fittings. Pictured below is that very thing, Type K copper pipe! It’s been cut, reamed and sanded in preparation for the application of a RIDGID grooving tool.

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Next step grooving

According to many industry experts “grooved mechanical piping” reduces risk, cost and construction schedules.

Grooved mechanical pipe joining is a method of fabricating piping systems that eliminates the need for welding and flanging pipe. Grooved-end pipe, fittings, valves and accessories are joined with mechanical couplings that provide a secure, reliable union at every joint. These connections are designed to handle a variety of utility and process piping services. Grooved pipe solutions can be used on carbon steel, stainless steel and galvanized pipe, as well as high-density polyethylene (HDPE), fiberglass-reinforced pipe and American Water Works Association ductile iron pipe ranging in size from a half inch to 60 inches.

A grooved pipe joint is comprised of three core elements: the pipe groove; the gasket and coupling housings; and nuts and bolts. Grooves are cold-formed on the pipe ends with tooling specifically designed for this process (we are using the RIDGID 914). The coupling housing engages the grooved ends of each pipe, fitting or valve to be connected. A resilient, pressure-responsive elastomeric gasket provides a leak-tight seal, even under a vacuum. The coupling housing fully encloses the gasket, reinforcing the seal and securing its position. The coupling is fastened with two track head bolts and nuts.

Grooved mechanical piping has its roots in World War I, during which this innovation was used to deploy fuel and water to Allied forces on the front lines. The system proved beneficial over other joining methods, because as troops’ positions changed, the pipes needed to be disassembled, transported and reassembled quickly and efficiently.

Today, the grooved pipe system still proves advantageous in critical fluid handling applications. Grooved piping systems can be installed on a variety of piping applications, including alcohol; caustic; chilled, cooling, potable, wash and demineralized water; fire protection; glycerin; instrument and plant utility air; oil feed; reverse osmosis; and wastewater treatment.

Pictured below is Peter with Baker Plumbing using the RIDGID 914, a product no longer made by RIDGID but continues to be useful and effective in completing complex plumbing and heating work.

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The tools that actually make it work

The RIDGID® 915 Roll Groover is a manual roll groover for in-place field applications. The 915 requires only 3 1/2″ of clearance to travel around a pipe and a minimum of 2 3/4″ of exposed pipe for grooving. With the appropriate roll sets, the 915 can groove from 1 1/4″ to 12″ pipe, the widest range in its class! The 915’s cast-in handle allows for easy transport or chaining the groover down to prevent theft. The 915 is a must for service work crews. RIDGID TOOLS


Watch the Baker Boys in action

While a little raw the young apprentices did get the job done and the systems back online. If you’re looking for plumbing and heating services in Calgary then contact us today!!!

BAKER IN ACTION