Installing gas tubes

We are known for providing specialist tubing services. They focus on producing versatile tubes capable of meeting the appropriate applications. We can do many things, including tube swaging. Here, we make the inner tube a different shape whilst keeping the exterior circular. The benefits of this technique include short cycle times, smooth finishes, and no material loss.

Natural gas is a fossil fuel that is utilised for vehicles, generating electricity, cooking, and heating. You could be contemplating adding or switching some gas appliances in your property. If you are, you will probably need to extend or add new gas lines, or possibly retrofit the tubing in the whole building. When installing gas tubes, there are things you need to know. We are going to discuss them here.

Know the gas line layout

Tube swagingFirstly, you need to know the layout of your system. Particularly, find out where your shut-off valve is and where the lines are within the area. This is particularly true if you are in need of repairs, or if you have to fix leaks.

It is easy to locate your primary shut-off valve. Normally, they are right next to your gas meter. Also, there are normally two shut-off valves you are able to use. There is the street-side valve and the building-side valve. It is recommended to locate the latter, as it is typically near where your gas line initially enters the building.

Furthermore, you need a rough map of where your extensions and new gas lines will be going. Ensure you don’t fit them through vents or a chimney. They pose safety concerns.

Select your tubing material carefully

You have multiple choices here, including brass, copper, and steel. We work with all three materials. Steel is recommended the most for gas tubes. Some recommend plastic, but it is only viable for commercial spaces.

Prior to selecting your tubes, it is best to talk to an expert to discover which particular tubing will suit your gas system. Contact us if you need first rate tube swaging services.

Turn the gas off

Failing to do this before beginning the instalment can cause deadly gas leaks. Locating your shut-off valve should not be tricky. When you find it, use a quarter turn to knock it off. Ensure you examine the meter too so that you know the gas isn’t running anymore.

Checking the sizing of your tubes

This is also a good idea. Before, you’d need to manually prepare and cut individual lengths of tube so they fit into your systems. These days though, most tubes come manufactured in particular measurements.

Inspect the fitting of your tube

Make certain you have all the materials and correct measurements here. Lay all your tube and fittings out. See if they have the right length and you can safely link them to your appliances and existing systems tightly. Take care if you get tube swaging to help with this.

Test the system’s airtightness

Once you obtain everything you need, see that every piece is airtight. Before you start here, ensure your shut-off valve is switched off. It is possible to use an air pressure test, and pump your test gauge at one and a half times the standard working pressure. This might not indicate the right pressure, or it can display a reduction. Here, you could have faulty tubes on your hands.

You can also employ a soapy solution to look for leaks. Run this over your gas tubes where they connect to the fittings. If you notice bubbles coming from the solution, you have got leaky tube. Either, you will have to alter the tightness or get some replacements. Avoid using an open flame around your gas tubes to look for leaks. This is a fire hazard and can cause serious problems.

Our tube swaging work serves many purposes

At Multiform Tubes Engineering Ltd, the work we do is vital for a multitude of purposes in all sorts of industries. Our efforts lead to the creation of products like furniture, refrigeration, railings, and more. They can be for transporting different gases and fluids too. Also, the tubes we work on are created using a myriad of materials. Examples include steel, aluminium, titanium, and others.

So, if you believe that tube swaging is something you need, give us a call. We would be happy to advise you.