About Brass Compression Fittings

Brass compression fittings are a type of plumbing fitting used to connect pipes or tubing together without the need for soldering or welding. They are widely used in residential and commercial plumbing applications for their ease of installation and versatility.

Brass compression fittings are designed to create a secure and leak-free connection by compressing a ferrule (compression ring) against the pipe or tubing. They are made from brass, which is a copper-zinc alloy known for its corrosion resistance, durability, and strength. Brass is commonly used in plumbing applications due to its excellent performance characteristics.

They utilize a compression nut, a ferrule (compression ring), and a fitting body to create a tight connection. When the nut is tightened, it compresses the ferrule against the pipe or tubing, creating a seal. These can be used with a variety of pipe materials, including copper, CPVC, PEX, and polyethylene.

Here's how brass compression fittings typically work:

1. Fitting Components: A brass compression fitting consists of several components: a compression nut, a compression ring (ferrule), and a body with a threaded connection.
2. Preparation: Before making the connection, you need to prepare the pipe by cutting it to the desired length and ensuring that the end is clean, smooth, and free from any burrs or debris.
3. Insertion: Slide the compression nut onto the pipe, followed by the compression ring. Ensure the wide end of the compression ring faces the fitting body.
4. Connection: Insert the pipe into the fitting body until it reaches the bottom, ensuring it is seated securely. Hand-tighten the compression nut onto the fitting body.
5. Tightening: Use two wrenches, one to hold the fitting body steady and the other to tighten the compression nut. The goal is to achieve a tight seal without over-tightening. Be cautious not to overtighten, as it can damage the fitting or the pipe.
6.Testing: Once the fitting is securely tightened, you can turn on the water or fluid supply to test for leaks. Inspect the connection for any signs of water or fluid leakage.