Monthly Archives: December 2017

  • What is Black Iron Piping?



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    Earlier this year, we started selling a selection of black iron pipe and fittings on our web store. Since then, we've learned that a lot of shoppers don't know much about this great material. Simply put, black iron piping is one of the best options for gas lines that exists. It is strong, easy to install, resists corrosion, and maintains an airtight seal. The black coating helps prevent corrosion.

    Black iron pipe used to be found in water lines, but has been much more popular for gas since the advent of copper, CPVC, and PEX. It is a great option to gas for two reasons. 1) It is strong, and 2) it is relatively easy to put together. Just like PVC, black malleable iron uses a system of pipe and fittings that fit together with compounds instead of welding. Despite its name, black iron pipe is actually made of a low-grade "mild steel" compound. This gives it much better corrosion resistance than traditional cast iron piping.

    Black Iron Pipe Properties

    Since this post is all about black iron pipe and fittings, we will go in depth about a few of its traits and properties. It's important to be knowledgeable when it comes to your home's plumbing.

    Black Iron Piping Pressure Limits

    "Black iron" is a term that usually refers to a type of black-coated steel, but many different types of black iron pipe exist. The main problem with this is that there are few standards that all black iron pipes adhere to. However, they are all made to handle natural and propane gas, which usually stay below 60psi. The standards that black iron pipe must conform to guarantee a pressure rating of at least 150psi, if installed properly.

    Black iron is stronger than any plastic pipe because it is made of metal. This is important, because a gas leak can be deadly. In the case of an earthquake or fire, this extra strength could be what causes potentially deadly gas from leaking throughout a home.

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  • Common Methods of Cleaning Out a PVC Ball Valve - DIY Guide



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    Working with liquid in a piping system can be satisfying yet challenging. Problems can occur that make the job harder, such as leaks, freezing, contamination, and clogging. Unplugging a PVC ball valve can be difficult if the valve is cemented into the middle of a pipeline. If you use unions or even a true union PVC ball valve, cleaning out a PVC ball valve is as easy as cleaning the dishes!

    If you need a clean, uncontaminated system for potable water or brewing systems, you will need to clean out any valves regularly. These valves can collect debris over time, so keep an eye on them! Plugged valves are extremely detrimental to any piping system. In this blog post we will cover how to clean out a plastic ball valve, from unclogging to disinfecting.

    Types of Ball Valves

    First, we will take a look at a few different types of ball valves. Some are easier to clean than others, with a variety of body types available.

    One-Piece PVC Ball Valve

    This is the most common type of PVC ball valve, with a one-piece body and a quarter-turn handle. These valves can be either threaded or socket. Threaded ball valves can be attached using pipe dope or teflon tape, which can be unscrewed. This makes maintenance straightforward, but make sure you shut off water flow before removing your valve. Ball valves with socket ends are more difficult, as they cannot be removed from the system.

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