Flexible copper tubing is one indispensable implement around the house. It is used in plumbing installations as well as in connecting other household fittings such as heater equipment and the like. The most widely used type of copper tubing is the rigid kind. However when it is time to repair or replace copper tubing, the flexible type is more practical and appropriate to use because it is easier to install, as it is soft and pliable.
If you plan to install flexible copper tubing in a home or building, follow these instructions:
- Prepare the necessary stuff for installation. You shall need flexible copper tubing, coil-spring tubing bender and tubing cutter. These materials may be bought from hardware stores in your area.
- Know how to handle a flexible copper pipe. Bear in mind that this type of tubing is soft and delicate and might easily bend or break because of its flexibility. Read the label of the copper tubing package before bringing out the tool from its box. Carefully open the box from the upright side and slowly take out the tubing by pulling it in upward direction.
- Uncurl the copper tubing slowly to stretch it to its actual span. Do this gradually and steadily by uncoiling the pipe inch by inch. Never twist the coil abruptly as it might result to damage and breakage.
- Lay the entire copper tubing on a table or any flat surface. Make sure to stretch it out to its maximum length. Place some weights on both ends of the pipe to secure the object in place.
- Measure the length of the area where you need to install the copper tubing. Get the length from both ends of the joints where you are supposed to attach the copper pipe.
- Slice the flexible copper tubing using a hacksaw or copper pipe cutter. The length of the cut copper tubing should exactly fit in the area where it is to be installed.
- Buff or smooth out the cut ends. Make sure you sand both the inside and outside parts of the cut pipe. You may use the tube cutter, metal file or sand paper in sanding the rough exterior and interior parts.
- Install the flexible copper pipe. Bend the pipe carefully, following the course where it should lead. Avoid creating knots or gnarls as you turn the copper tubing to the other end of the attachment. When copper tubing gets twisted the wrong way, it will be difficult to restore it to its original shape and thus it is rendered useless.
- Protect the tubing from knots. You may slip a special coil spring device around the copper pipe. This tool helps you twist the pipe easily while preventing kinks from forming.
- Fasten the copper tubing on both ends of the attachments. Secure in place with the use of metal clamps. Tighten the clamps well so they will not loosen up easily. You may solder the whole fixture to make the installation more permanent.
Installing flexible copper tubing is easy and uncomplicated as long as you follow instructions cautiously. Nonetheless you have to exert extra care in installing said device. Certain code buildings in your area may specifically prescribe particular types of copper pipes. Be sure to comply with this regulation, if any. Avoid using copper tubing too, for gas line installations, as it is not an ideal set up and may later result to leaks. To be very sure that you are doing it right, consult a plumber and the building administration agency in your locality.