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PIPES & FITTINGS


Make a connection with a flexible solution


With installers facing increasingly difficult second-fix challenges every day, Nigel Sanger, divisional director technical support at JG Speedfit, explains how the flexi hoses can make their jobs easier


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t’s no secret that the life of a plumbing and heating installer is taxing. Too often we’re cramped down behind big hefty


appliances, in a small dark under-sink cupboard, or fiddling around behind a basin. And all for what? To make that final second fix connection. This challenge is faced by almost every


installer, and it’s getting harder day by day. Average new build homes are decreasing in size, ergo kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms are getting smaller. For aesthetic reasons, pipework also needs to be hidden behind basins and in walls, while we’re plumbing in more appliances too. Filtered water and instant hot water taps, we’re looking at you here. The result? A tangle of pipes, with no


room to even swing a spanner, let alone a cat. A survey by WaterSafe found that over half of the UK’s plumbers work over 48 hours a week – we wonder how much of that time was spent on second fix installations? More to the point, how much was spent


cooped up with copper pipework? Copper may well be the industry


standard, but let’s face it, it’s not the easiest to work with in tight spaces. It has to be so precise – the measurements, the cutting and bending, the soldering and the seal. Talking of soldering, there’s the risk of fumes, and even of fire (not to mention the hassle of gaining a hot works permit). There are other hazards too. The


confined spaces mean we’re more prone to accidents, such as burning, strains, sprains, hand tool accidents, eye injuries from spitting solders. In these instances, installers need


flexibility, not rigidity. But there is one solution – flexi hoses. With push-fit flexi hoses, the clue’s all in the name. Made from either braided metal or white PVC, they’re flexible and can be quickly and easily bent into shape without compromising the quality of the fit. The seal is created with one easy push, and on average, using a flexi hose can save up to 40% of installation time. Flexi hoses really come into their own in


cramped spaces. Unlike copper, there’s no need for taking precise measurements –


JG Speedfit’s flexi hoses are made from either braided metal or white PVC, they’re flexible and can be quickly and easily bent into shape with- out compromising the quality of the fit


the hose does the work. There’s no soldering either of course because of the push-fit mechanism. In fact, there’s hardly any need for specialist tools at all. There are additional benefits too, such as helping minimise vibration and water hammer issues common with rigid pipework. Expanding copper pipes are also noisy, especially when taps switch from off to full flow and back again. Flexi hoses can absorb this noise due to their make-up, and the white PVC versions are especially easy to clean, so everyone wins. Of course, the biggest benefit is they


are a lot easier to hide under fixtures such as sinks, basins and baths, and behind appliances. JG Speedfit offers nearly 50 different combinations of size, end connections and lengths including flexi-hoses with built in service valves for water isolation. So, they’re neat, clean and easy to


install, and help you achieve a professional finish. Just as importantly, they help you save precious time for all those other things you could be doing.


www.heatingandventilating.net October 2018 


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