When it comes to copper piping or tubing, there are two types, soft copper and rigid copper. Also, they are named based on their malleability. Rigid copper is most commonly used when installing a transfer for the supply of hot or cold water. In addition, soft copper is better for applications such as refrigerant lines.
Although both soft copper tubing and rigid copper tubing are made of the same components. This 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:
**It is important to know, the flare connections may only be used when connecting soft copper tubing.
Copper tubing is used quite often in HVAC systems and anything involving heating and cooling. In addition, is used in cold and hot water applications as well. The different connections are used in various applications. Flared connections are harder to make but offer a more reliable connection. Compression connections require squeezing the fitting onto the pipe. Finally, the solder connection is used by heating the pipe and applying solder, this makes a very strong connection.
Detroit Nipple Works carries a variety of sizes for rigid copper tubing or soft copper pipe. In addition to the tubing we also offer many copper fittings as well. Finally, to receive a free estimate for soft copper piping or rigid copper tubing call 1.888.698.7888 or fill our online quote form.