Posted by Harold Kestenholz on February 09, 2000 at 12:12:58:
In Reply to: Re: copper pipes for steam heat ? posted by Tony Conner on February 09, 2000 at 05:19:39:
Using copper for steam has been done thousands of times. The problems are as Tony describes. Black pipe is connected together by threads in fittings. This gives expanding pipes a place to move at the turns. Swing joints are designed to allow expansion.
A copper joint sweated together gives an opportunity for expansion and twisting to break the solder connection or work the tubing over time. Many installations today are done for the short term of 10 years, so when problems occur, they are the problem of the next owner. Steam systems serve for a century.
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