Types of Clips and Fasteners
Within the world of plumbing, there is an enormous range of clips that are used to secure, guide, fasten and bend pipes and tubing. If you are looking at getting involved in some DIY plumbing, it is critical that you have a good understanding of what clips and fasteners are available, and what each is used for. From pear to bolted clips, each has its own use within a plumbing system, and rarely can they be substituted for another.
Let’s take a deeper dive into the world of clips and fasteners for use in the plumbing world.
Bolted clips are most often used for securing copper and PVC extension pipes. The bolted clip is an oval shape that is made into a full oval through the use of a screw at the base of the oval. This is not only a great option for sturdiness, but it is also useful when applied to tighter areas underneath a counter. Occasionally you will find bolt clips that come in two separate pieces – half circles. To connect a bolted clip, you will place a screw on either side of the circle.
Nut clips are designed to be directly attached to sheet metal or flat surfaces, prior to any pipes or tubes being added. The idea of the nut clip is that it acts as a guide for piping or narrow tubing when it is installed. The benefit of using this kind of clip is that you can map out the tubing or piping with ease, before the installation.
Pipe clips are designed to secure and guide tubing through a plumbing network, but they are also excellent for dealing with any level of expansion that may occur. This could be as a result of temperature change in the tubes or for any kind of blockage or build-up. Pipe clips are designed much like a belt which you would use for your trousers. Thin metal is placed in a circle and then doubles over once the circle is complete. A bolt is then used to secure the ring in place, and it is this doubling that allows for expansion without breaking the bolt.
These clips function in a very similar way to the pipe clip, with a very minor difference. With clamp clips, they are not tightened by using a bolt, but rather with a simple and small lever that secures the clip in place. This is one clip choice that is interchangeable and using pipe or clamp clips can still give you a great result.
These PVC clips offer you a low-cost way of managing the direction of your plumbing within the system. These are very easy to work with and relatively robust too. You should never solely rely on PVC clips for your plumbing system but they can be used to support stronger clips that have been added. PVC clips are also handy for washing machine tubes, as a means of keeping them tidy.
Imagine an upside-down pear, that is exactly what you will get when you purchase pear clips. Pear clips are used for hanging piping or tubes, as once they are inserted through the large hole at the top, they can then be pushed into the smaller hole, using gravity to keep them in place.
These are some of the most commonly used clips throughout the world of plumbing.