How to Install Galvanized Plumbing

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Installing galvanized plumbing is typically something that you do mainly for repair purposes. Install galvanized plumbing with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Hello, everyone, I'm Joshua Clement. And today, I'm going to talk to you about how to install galvanized pipe. Now, a lot of times galvanized pipe is used in your older home, so this will be mainly for repair purpose. For this job, you will need your galvanized pipe that has been threaded on both ends, elbows, adapters from three-quarter to a half inch, a pipe wrench and thread compound. So, most commonly the pipe running into your house will be a three-quarters of an inch. You want to carry that as far as possible. And then, break off of your three-quarters inch using an elbow and an adapter. And going up to a toilet or a bathtub and applying your half inch and running your half inch straight up to the faucet. To put these together, you're going to take pipe compound and put it on every thread, every joint. So, you'll take it and you'll smear it in here like that. Then you'll take the piece you're putting it into and tighten it up. What this is doing, is it's sealing all the threads with the compounds and it's also going to keep the pipe from backing out. So after you get it hand tight, you'll take your pipe wrench and just snug it up. And you want to leave the joint compound on the top of your joint. That way that can harden there and keep any water from coming out of your joints. So, with the next piece you'll do the same thing. You put your thread compound on there and put it into place. After you get it hand tight, grab your wrench and tighten it up. You'll do that throughout the entire line. Galvanized plumbing is rather expensive, it's not as cheap as CPVC or even PEX. But it does allow you to go into those older homes and just repair the plumbing that is already existing in the home. Thank you all for watching and good luck with this project.


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