Threading Pipe By Plumbing Tool
When working on an older home, it may be necessary to thread pipe when updates or repairs are needed. Pipe threader machines have evolved over the years and portable units are now relatively inexpensive and can be used by homeowners who choose to do their own plumbing rather than hiring a professional. Here’s how to thread pipe. A die head will be attached to cut the thread. Machines now have the ability to thread pipes made of different material, including various types of plastic or resin.
A heavy duty pipe threader can also cut your pipe into workable sections. The pipe threading machine will be used to thread the end section of your pipe. If you have an industrial pipe threader with cutting capability, use the machine to cut your pipe to length. Pipe cutters come with and without guides, which provide square alignment. It’s better to use a guide, rather than estimating your cut. The pipe cutter will have a thin cutter wheel, which will slice through the pipe as you guide it in the space.
Be sure to wear goggles and protective gear. Steel may produce sparks. Be sure to maintain proper footing and balance for maximum control. Never use a tool or mechanism to hold the handle in place in order to free your hands. This can be dangerous and could result in injury. Ream the cut end of the pipe to remove any burrs from the cut using a reamer, which is a cylinder-shaped rotary cutting tool that you run smoothly across the freshly cut edges of the pipe to remove rough edges.
Select your die head according to the size and type of pipe you are threading and the thread form you require. Die heads come in different shapes and sizes that include different threads for pipes that have different diameters. Using an oil too thin as a substitute for threading oil can result in sub-standard threading. When the die is even with the pipe, that means the correct threading size has been reached. If you continue pushing after this point, you will damage the thread. Be careful to maintain control of the threader as the dies are removed. Threads can become damaged when the die head is being removed if you don’t maintain control and move the piece smoothly.