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Copper Pipes: Types, Sizes and Applications

August 13, 2014 in Pipe by

Copper PipeCopper pipes are popular in plumbing, cooling and heating systems. Here’s some basic information about this reliable, long-lasting material.

Types

There are two types of copper pipes: soft and hard.

Soft copper pipes are annealed to make them soft and flexible, and they can be bent so that they can travel around potential obstacles. Hard copper pipes are not annealed. They’re rigid, so fittings like elbows are needed to change the direction of the fluid flow.

Sizes

In the U.S., copper pipes often fall into one of four categories, based on their wall thicknesses.

Type K has the thickest walls and is often used underground, beneath streets and sidewalks.

Type L is one step down in thickness, and is often used for water supply in both residential and commercial buildings.

Type M is thinner still and also used for water supply.

Type DMW is the thinnest and primarily used in unpressurized applications, like waste lines or drains.

Advantages

Copper pipe offers a number of advantages, including:

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Domestic Pipe Suppliers, OCTG Distributors and More

November 15, 2012 in Blog, News & Articles by

St. Louis Pipe & SupplySome of our recent blog posts dealt with nitty gritty specifics: defining a coupling, delving into the world of nickel-alloys and hashing out other tiny details.

Today, we’ll take a deep breath and answer a more basic question: what can St. Louis Pipe & Supply do for you? We offer many products and services, and here’s a brief explanation of a few of them.

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Types of Industrial Pipe and Steel Pipe Fittings

December 14, 2011 in Blog, Manufacturing, News & Articles, OCTG, Pipe, Pipes Valves and Fittings, Valves and Fittings by

Industrial Pipe and SteelIndustrial pipe and steel pipe fittings come in all shapes, sizes and material. For years they have been mixed with other substances for improved strength and durability, depending on the specific purpose. Because of its high heat resistance, it is typically used in projects that involve flammable gases.  Here are a few different types of industrial pipe and steel fittings and a little advice on how to choose your supplier.

Types of Industrial Steel Pipe:

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