When you need to connect to a water meter, there's no doubt that using a flared coupling provides you with a better connection and a much lower chance of failure than many other methods. But it can be difficult to make the connection from a copper supply line to your meter. At Red Hed Manufacturing, our job is making sure you can get your job done with better fittings, including our flare coupling adapters for meters. Here's how they'll help you make a better connection.
Many homes today use copper tubing due to its strong durability and light weight. The ease of installation and lack of need for support makes it an easy material for most residential plumbing contractors while adding value to the completed home. But when it comes to connecting the water line to your water utility's meter, it can be a bit more difficult to get a solid connection that will remain trouble free for many years to come.
In essence, there are a few different ways you could connect the water lines from both your incoming supply line and the house supply line to the meter. However, many meters use a different type of connection. You could use a whole string of fittings to make the connection, but this can take a significant amount of time and effort as well as additional expense for your water utility. It's also a time drain for your customer, if they're having to wait at the house while you make the connections.
When it comes to connections, you can use a compression fitting, but these don't tend to be as strong of a connection and can be problematic if they're not installed correctly. You could solder a threaded connection onto the lines, but that also takes time and may not work well for the particular situation you're in, especially if there is wood framing or gas lines near the connection point.
One of the best ways to connect the meter to both sides of the supply lines is by using a flared fitting. Flared fittings create a flare at the end of the pipe, increasing it's diameter. This allows the flared portion of copper to be trapped between two parts of the fitting, holding it securely in place. But how do you go from the flared fitting to the meter? The answer is our high-quality, lead free flange adapters. They go on easily and provide years of reliable service.
By using the right connection from supply lines to your meter, you can ensure that you'll have a strong connection that will provide years of reliable service. At Red Hed Manufacturing, our job is to supply you with high quality fittings that are lead free, ensuring you'll be in compliance for any future lead-free legislation that comes down from government agencies. If you need help finding the right fittings for your water utility project, please feel free to contact us today. From high-quality fittings to customized solutions for your water utility, we're ready to help.