We all know or should know what a nipple is (as it relates to our industry of course). A nipple is a short pipe typically with male threading at both ends to connect two other pipes or fittings. However, the size or type of nipple greatly depends on the application for which it is being used for. It is important to get the proper nipple that is needed for the job. There are three specific types of short or barrel nipples that can cause confusion on how to use them in their applications. In this article we will introduce you to, or familiarize you with; hex nipples or close nipples, hex plug, and odd length nipples.
The hex nipple typically has male threading on both ends of a hexagonal bolt shape in the center. This allows for easy torquing, tightening, or loosening using a wrench. Hex nipples come in handy during applications that require you to connect two brass or steel pipes, both with female ends. Common applications involve automotive, plumbing, or industrial.
Given by the name, you may have figured out the purpose of a “Close Nipple.” The use of a close nipple allows you to create a closed, tight connection between two female threaded steel pipes or fittings. However, there is a downside to closed nipples. The only way to tighten or loosen a closed nipple is to grip the threaded portion with a wrench.
Because of this, it becomes easy for the applicator to damage the threading, requiring the replacement of the nipple. Damaged threading can cause issues with your connection if not addressed. These issues may include leaking air, water, or other fluids depending on what application the nipple is being used for. There are special tools available to assist in their use.
Are you in need of an odd-length nipple or a custom-sized nipple? At Detroit Nipple Works, we specialize in pipe cutting or nipple threading. If you are in need of specialized nipples contact us today. Detroit Nipple Works is Michigan’s premier pipe threading manufacturer supplying close nipples or hex nipples. We can fill small or large orders to plumbing supply companies, builders, fabricators, and municipalities. In addition, be sure to ask us about our huge supply of fittings as well.
Many Michigan cities are currently updating their old, or outdated plumbing systems. Cities such as; Flint, Ann Arbor, Saginaw, and Pontiac, MI are working to improve their old outdated plumbing or water systems. In dealing with these older systems, plumbers and technicians find many uses for odd length and custom size steel pipe fittings.
In addition to the hex pipe nipple, the hex pipe plug is a very popular fitting. Hex pipe plugs are an important pipe fitting. Just like hex pipe nipple, it has a hexagonal shape. It was made with the intention to stop the flow. Threaded at one end with the solid hex plug at the top makes it easy for a plumber to close and seal a pipe or tube connection. Gas instrumentation labs use these pipe fittings and plugs as well.