When it comes to copper piping or tubing, there are two types, soft copper and rigid copper which are named based on their malleability. Rigid copper is most commonly used when installing a transfer for the supply or hot or cold water, whereas soft copper is better for applications such as refrigerant line.
Although both soft copper tubing and rigid copper tubing are made of the same components, a process called annealing is what makes them different. Soft copper is carefully annealed during the drawing process, which gives it malleability.
Due to the malleability of soft copper, it is able to be easily bent or shaped which helps when working in tight spaces or around corners. Rigid copper may also be used to work around corners, but requires the connection of elbow fittings to work around objects or corners.
There are three different types of connections when working with copper tubing:
• Crimped/Pressed Connections
• Soldered Connections
• Flare Connections
**It is important to know, the flare connections may only be used when connecting soft copper tubing.
Detroit Nipple Works carries a variety of sizes for rigid copper tubing or soft copper pipe. To recieve a free estimate for soft copper piping or rigid copper tubing call 1.888.698.7888 or fill our our online quote form.