Other ways of connecting pipes and tubes Readymade couplings

Fig. 7-6

Hardware and plumbing stores carry a wide variety of off-the-shelf connectors that can save you the trouble of making flanges. Connectors have been designed with almost every conceivable situation in mind, and most are designed for easy assembly. Many connectors for pipes come ready soldered, and all that is needed is to slip them onto a pipe and apply heat to make a perfect joint. Others will be threaded, so you can screw the fitting onto a matching mate. These ready-made connectors are almost essential if you want to join stainless steel components, and many stainless couplings come with spring clamps to hold them together.

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