COPPER PIPEWORK – Measure and Fit – Plumbing Tips

Posted by in Plumber Talk, on February 25, 2017


A video showing you how to properly install copper pipework. We show you how to cut and measure pipe, how to clip your pipes to the wall, how to make sure your pipework is level using a spirit level and how to plan the job. You can also watch me solder the copper pipe and use compression fittings on the pipe. We also fit a hand wash basin in this video.

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Hold tight, and welcome to today’s plumberparts.co.uk video. My name is James, and this is gonna be a really, really quick video If you’ve been lucky enough to stumble across this plumberparts.co.uk video, all about how just to lay out and do pipe work, then great, we’re gonna go to that in a minute. Before we begin, it’d be great if you could subscribe to our videos by clicking on the link that’s appearing right now. Good, good. Well done, all of you well-behaved people out there.
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Let’s have a quick look around this job. What we’re doing here is we’re piping up two basins and a toilet, a gents and ladies toilet, and all I wanna do is just show you the pipework. So we’re gonna do a series of videos every time I’ve got some pipe work to do, I’m just gonna come along and show ’em to you, okay? Right, so we’ve got flame return there for the radiators. These are gonna run down this wall here. We’re gonna have a radiator go on here. We’re gonna punch through the wall into here and through there to another radiator on the other side of the wall in the ladie’s loo, otherwise known as “the realm that no man should go to”, because they always smell funny. And then we’ve got the hot and cold pipes here. They’re gonna run down here as well, but they’re gonna tee through this wall at high level, so they’re hidden underneath here by the basin, and we’ve got, also, drop down to those two pipes there. As you can see, we’ve got temporary flexies just goin’ up here so they can still use some of the services for the pub while this job is goin’ on. That’s what we’re gonna do, guys, and it’s gonna be amazing.
I’m gonna set my level in the centre of the furthest pipe. Then I’m gonna use my ruler here, to make sure that these are spaced out all the way. Got a little bit of flex in these pipes here as well, so we can make sure that these are gonna come down nice and straight together right now. Boys, we’re using lovely little Munsen Rings on this, so the centres of our pipes are obviously going to be the centre of that Munsen Ring, which means when you’re marking up, you’re to hang that over your centre point, and then mark your holes to drill with a little wee cross. Also gotta make sure that our clips, are level as well, it’s really important. So I’m gonna grab my little level here, and we’re just gonna mark where they’re level. Just like that, tiny little marks. Right, with Munsen Rings as well, this is sort of one of the obvious bits, but make sure that you leave the tightening up screw facing you and not facing the wall, otherwise, what’s going to happen? So I’m just marking that up like so, and this is where I’m gonna start off a new catch phrase, right, for marking up and doing pipe work. It’s gonna be “Clips Come First”. Yeah? Do you like that? The only thing being is, if you want your pipework to be straight and level, mark out your clips straight and level, and then do your pipework accordingly to those clips. Pretty obvious, I feel, but you know, there’s plenty of dunces out there who don’t know what they’re on about.
So look, we’ve got our clips there and what I’ve done, I’ve run down from the centres of those pipes there. Some of them are a bit out of centre but as we can see they can move a bit so we’ve gotta wiggle it.
A lot of pipe work is also about wiggling about stuff. So we’ve got our clips marked here, and then I’m gonna run down and mark another gang of clips along here. And then, obviously, because we’ve got our wall down here, and then we’ve got the step where the tile is, we’re gonna have to bend four sets exactly the same, all of about five mil, and then that will look absolutely amazing. Right, so now we’re ready, drill out! Worth saying, while we’re drilling these tiles, number one, these are quite soft, these tiles, which means I can use a masonry bit like the one we’ve got on here. Basically, use it off hammer. If you use it on hammer, what’s gonna happen? You’re gonna crack the tile.

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