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Four Keys To Success In Domestic And International Pipe Sales

October 22, 2014 in Blog by

Pipe distributionIn any industry, there are certain qualities companies have to have to be successful, and the piping industry is no different.

Here are four factors that we’ve found to be important to our success in both domestic and international pipe sales.

Being On Time

Project delays happen for many reasons. Some can’t be foreseen or prevented. But delays because you haven’t received your materials don’t belong in that category. They just shouldn’t happen.

We pride ourselves on delivering orders on time. As a domestic pipe supplier, our central location in St. Louis, MO allows us to quickly ship materials to all corners of the country. When it comes to international pipe sales, our sister company’s warehouse in Houston gives us port access, allowing us to efficiently send materials all over the world.

Plus, our system is set up for speed. Our inventory is computerized so we can nimbly respond to any request. And we guarantee same day shipping or the shortest lead time possible if you request a product that isn’t in stock.

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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.


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.


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.


Copper pipe offers a number of advantages, including:

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Alloy 20 Pipe

June 11, 2014 in Pipe by

Alloy pipeCertain applications require piping systems that can withstand extreme conditions.

Some materials lend themselves to this better than others. And one of those materials is alloy 20 pipe.

Also known as Carpenter 20, alloy 20 is a ‘Super’ alloy developed to hold up to sulfuric acid. Its nickel, chromium, molybdenum and copper components allow it to resist chloride ion stress corrosion cracking and pitting attack. What’s more, it has good mechanical properties and can be fabricated easily.


As you would expect, alloy 20 pipes are often used in environments where sulfuric acid is present. However, their other beneficial characteristics, like easy fabricability, also make them useful in many other applications. Some of the most common applications include:

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Top Projects for Carbon Pipe

August 28, 2013 in Jobs/Projects, Pipe by

Carbon pipeWhen you’re thinking of starting a piping project, it can be hard to decide which pipe may work best for your needs. But Carbon pipe distributors know that carbon pipes are a great option for all types of applications. Because of it’s durability and strength, carbon pipe is a popular option for a number of projects. Let’s take a look at a few of the top uses, so you can decide if it’s right for you.

Transport and Service: Heavy traffic can put high amounts of pressure on roadway foundations, but the high tensile strength of carbon pipe, in addition to its elasticity and its ductility, allow it to be used safely in transport and service projects. Carbon pipe distributors know the product works well for water mains under roadways because it’s highly resistant to shock and vibration. It also tends to react more evenly when put under various degrees of fluctuating water pressure. Additionally, it can be made much thinner than pipes made from other materials. This means that it has a greater carrying capacity. Plus, it’s cheaper than copper, and the durability of carbon pipe helps decrease costs needed for repairs or replacement.

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Steel Pipe Pricing And Advantages

July 17, 2013 in Pipe, Structural by

Steel pipeSteel piping is a popular material in so many industries–from oil to automobiles, from shipping to food, from schools to hospitals and refineries.

Let’s look at some of the top reasons why engineers, builders, pipe suppliers and oil drillers love steel pipes and why they’re preferred in so many different applications.

Heat Treatable

Some steel pipe alloys, such as alloy 140, are heat treatable, meaning that extreme temperatures can be used to modify their chemical and physical properties.


Steel pipes have great tensile and stress-to-rupture strength, and they can maintain this strength even at high temperatures.

Temperature Resistant

Stainless steel pipes provide excellent resistance to oxidation at extremely high temperatures. And when chromium is added to the steel, it makes the steel even more temperature resistant.  

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Advantages And Applications Of Nickel Alloy Pipes

July 03, 2013 in Industry Trends, Pipe by

Nickel alloy pipeFor as long as civilization has existed, people have been using nickel alloys. Indeed, scientists have analyzed artifacts from thousands of years ago and found pipes, tools, coins and weapons comprised of varying amounts of nickel and other metals.

And the ancients were onto something: nickel alloys have advantages that allowed them to build structures that helped them not only survive, but thrive.

These beneficial characteristics are still being taken advantage of today–by engineers, by scientists, and in our field, by alloy pipe distributors and builders.

Here are some of those advantages that make nickel alloys such useful materials to build with:

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International Pipe Supply With One Vendor, One Solution

June 18, 2013 in Blog, Industry Trends, News & Articles, Pipe by

Here at St. Louis Pipe & Supply, we strive to live up to the term ‘one vendor, one solution.’

That means that whether our clients are looking for steel pipe and fittings or sheet metal, whether they need their products shipped to Indiana or India, we can take care of everything they need.

Our experience–over 20 years in the business–has certainly helped us become a ‘go-to’ for so many builders and companies. But there are three other assets that help us meet our ‘one vendor, one solution’ goal.

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6 Great Benefits Of Using Carbon Steel Pipe

June 04, 2013 in Blog, Pipe by

Carbon steel pipeCarbon steel pipe is an alloy pipe that is solely made of steel and carbon. It can be used for a wide variety of applications, and it comes with these six great benefits:

1. Safety
Unlike some other materials, carbon steel pipes don’t need to be protected with preservatives, glues or pesticides, which makes them safer to handle and work with. Furthermore, while other pipes may be vulnerable to pests or rotting, carbon steel isn’t, which makes it a great choice for underground piping. Carbon steel is also great for use in homes because it’s inflammable and resistant to tornados, lightning, earthquakes and hurricanes.

2. Corrosion Resistance
Carbon steel pipes are also resistant to corrosion. This allows builders to use smaller, thinner pipes, even in environments that are acidic or extremely corrosive.

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A Leading International Pipe Supplier

May 01, 2013 in Industry Trends, Pipe by

Steel pipe distributionIn recent years, international pipe suppliers and steel pipe distributors have had to step up to meet an increased demand for their products. There are a handful of reasons for this trend.

The first is the rise of natural gas. To harvest and use this resource, companies have had to build refineries and filling stations overseas. These projects require pipes, and often very specific pipe alloys.

The second reason is

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An Overview of OCTG Piping Inspection Methods

August 22, 2012 in Blog, OCTG, Pipe by

OCTG Pipe UsesBecause of the rising safety and environmental concerns that drilling poses, inspection of OCTG is more important than ever.

The inspection of OCTG systems is required for proof that the system meets the ever-changing API standards that OCTG suppliers must follow in production. In many cases, a third-party services provider will perform inspections. The company that provides the inspection may also offer services like refacing, cleaning, straightening, coating and water blasting to remedy problems that may be found in the OCTG system.

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