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  1. Cailean

    Cailean Member

    Hi,
    Are there any current regs prohibiting the use of 15mm and 22mm soft copper coils for an above ground domestic water supply? I've been given half a coil of 15mm soft copper which is coated in blue plastic and it would be perfect for outdoor tap installs as it's flexible and would require few fittings apart from the double check valve and iso valve. As it's plastic coated, it wouldn't require a separate sleeve going through the hole in the wall either. However it would still require a connection to the mains water supply and don't have a clue if this pipe is allowed. Years ago, I used similar pipe for underground mains.
     
  2. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Yes it's fine
     
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  3. Ric2013

    Ric2013 Plumber

    Not sure it wouldn't require a sleeve though. As my understanding is the sleeve is there to protect the wall from leakage/make a leak more obvious in the unlikely event of a pipe leaking where it passes through the wall as well as for protection and allowing movement. I'm not convinced a plastic coating does all the above, though no doubt others will have an opinion.
     
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  4. chris watkins

    chris watkins Plumber

    Soldered (lead free) joints if possible as it is easy to over tighten compression on R220 tube.
     
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  5. Cailean

    Cailean Member

    The sleeve over the pipe is protection against thermal movement from the fabric of the building and to offer a degree of frost protection.
     
  6. Cailean

    Cailean Member

    I mainly use endfeed so the pipe will be soldered.
     
  7. DAVE01

    DAVE01 Member

    Yes back in 70s us plumbers in Ireland used to use soft copper like you have on water mains its the same type of fittings that is supposed to be used on oil nine times out of ten if you use standard compression fittings the ring does not bite into the copper because it is soft you would use a flared fitting were buy you put nut on first then taper pipe this fits up to taper on fitting ie stopcock job done
     
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  8. chris watkins

    chris watkins Plumber

    They are still available DAVE -

    TYPE B COMPRESSION FITTINGS
    Type B, or manipulative fittings are used with soft (R220) copper tube and require the installer to flare the tube end before the joint is assembled.

    TYPE B ADAPTORS
    If soft copper is found in existing installations, the use of an 1870 Kufit adaptor allows conversion of the standard Kuterlite 900 Type A fitting (used on R250 half hard) to a Type B connection (used on R220 soft) The adaptor consists of an adaptor body, compensating ring and a DZR compression nut.
     
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  9. Ric2013

    Ric2013 Plumber

    I just solder on a short piece of half-hard and put compression onto that :)
     
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  10. Cailean

    Cailean Member

    I'll be using end feed on it and if I need to join it to a compression fitting, e.g an iso valve, I'll solder hard copper on the other end of the fitting.
    Only ever used this for underground mains, but a perfect solution for things like outside taps as it's easy to bend and fewer fittings. Bloody expensive to buy though, glad this is a freebie.
     
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