New York — Plumbers, contractors and technicians now have two new educational videos to refer to when installing or working with copper for plumbing and medical gas applications.
The Copper Development Association (CDA) recently wrapped up filming two more videos for its how-to series, ‘Do It Proper with Copper,’ designed to illustrate the proper techniques for installing copper tube and piping systems for medical gas and how to distinguish the different types of copper tube and fittings needed for a particular application.
“The great thing about the video series is that anyone can benefit from watching these short, how-to instructional videos,” said Andy Kireta Jr., vice president of building and construction for CDA. “Whether you’re a plumber working in the trade or a homeowner looking for your next do-it-yourself project, we make it easy to learn the basic ins-and-outs of working with copper.”
With the help of CDA project manager Harold Moret and his assistant Ron Gumucio, the association produced two five- and six- minute high-definition videos, adding to its growing series of architectural and plumbing applications. The first video, “Medical Gas Copper Installation,” introduces the approved copper materials that are needed to adhere with applicable codes and installation methods for medical gas piping. Copper piping, which is the preferred choice by contractors, is essential for carrying non-flammable gases like oxygen, nitrous oxide, medical air, carbon dioxide, helium, nitrogen, instrument air or any mixture thereof, and used for treating patients at today’s healthcare facilities.
To ensure that copper piping provides reliable, efficient performance, it’s important that the proper materials are being used for the appropriate job. For this purpose, the second video, “Introduction to Copper Pipe, Tube and Fittings,” details the different copper tube, pipe and fittings that are available, explains the different designations and sizes that they come in and highlights what applications they’re best used for in the field.
“Before you can get started on any plumbing, heating, air-conditioning, refrigeration, or any other plumbing-related project, it’s important to know the difference between copper tube and copper pipe, as well as the different types of fittings you should be using,” said Moret. “In some instances, such as medical gas piping, incorrect installation can put people’s lives in danger.”
The video series is available on the CDA website and on CDA's YouTube Channel. For more information about copper plumbing applications, visit www.copper.org.