In plumbing, nipples are short lengths of pipe typically used to connect two fittings or components. They are commonly used in a variety of plumbing applications, including water supply systems, HVAC systems, and gas lines.
Nipples come in a variety of sizes, lengths, and materials, including brass, copper, PVC, and galvanized steel. The size and length of the nipple needed will depend on the specific application and the distance between the two fittings being connected.
Nipples are typically threaded at both ends, allowing them to be screwed into place between two fittings or components. They can also be used with pipe fittings such as couplings, elbows, and tees to create a variety of plumbing configurations.
When selecting nipples for plumbing applications, it is important to choose the correct size, length, and material for the specific application to ensure a proper and leak-free connection. It is also important to follow all local building codes and regulations when installing nipples and other plumbing components.
Nipples used for water pipes typically have the following characteristics:
Material: Nipples used for water pipes are commonly made of brass, copper, or PVC. Brass and copper nipples are durable and corrosion-resistant, while PVC nipples are lightweight and easy to install.
Size: Nipples for water pipes are available in a range of sizes, typically ranging from 1/8 inch to 2 inches in diameter. The size needed will depend on the specific application and the size of the pipe being used.
Length: The length of the nipple needed will depend on the distance between the two fittings being connected. Nipples are available in a range of lengths, typically ranging from 1 inch to 12 inches.
Thread type: Nipples used for water pipes are typically threaded at both ends, allowing them to be screwed into place between two fittings or components. The most common thread types for water pipes are NPT (National Pipe Thread) and BSP (British Standard Pipe).
Pressure rating: Nipples used for water pipes are rated for a specific maximum pressure, which will depend on the material and size of the nipple. It is important to choose a nipple with a pressure rating that is appropriate for the specific application.