Mar 252015

Just as many facets of construction have improved over the years, plumbing has also improved through the use of new materials for piping and drainage. The invention of plastics in the early 20th century has made it possible to create new parts in countless ways. Plastics have reduced production costs and increased the lifespan of construction materials such as piping and conduit.

Many older homes have metal pipes installed for their plumbing. While you might think that metal would outlast plastic from a durability standpoint, this is not the case when it comes to running water and the effects it has on materials.

Metal Piping

There are three main types of metal piping that are used for plumbing:

Galvanized steel, copper, and cast iron. These are no longer used in new construction and have been replaced by several different types of plastics which I will discuss later in this article. Metal piping has many advantages, although we have shifted away from using them for cost as well as other reasons.

Metal piping and conduit can withstand large temperature changes, high stress loads, and high pressure at their joints. For these reasons, metal pipes that were installed hundreds of years ago still are functioning in water fountains and various monuments to this day.

Cast Iron

Cast iron was used for vertical drains in homes and businesses prior to the 1960’s, and actually dates back to the 5th Century BC! It can be difficult to work with because of its weight, but is great for high-pressure water flow. Cast iron is also great for its ability to reduce noise. The density of the molecules in cast iron help to dampen the noise of water flow.

For large systems with heavy water flows, the noise could be quite noticeable if it were flowing through a PVC pipe versus cast iron. Not to mention, I would feel much safer using a strong cast metal for high-pressure plumbing situations instead of plastic PVC. That being said, the cost would be four times greater.

Galvanized Steel

Probably the least attractive for its inherent properties, galvanized steel metal was used for home plumbing prior to the 1960’s when it was replaced by copper. Steel is relatively inexpensive to make, and is the cheaper of the metals used for plumbing. Though low-cost, steel is not a good choice in this application. Steel pipes will build up sediment over time, and eventually fully resist water from flowing through it. If you still have this type of plumbing in your home, you should probably call a company like A1 Plumbing Service to have your home re-piped.


Copper pipe is commonly used for water supply lines because of its resistance to corrosion. While copper is a better option than cast iron or steel, it is even more costly. Copper piping can come in a rigid or flexible form. In addition to its attractive property of being highly malleable, copper can also withstand high temperatures, corrosion, and cracking. It has been popularly used in the plumbing industry for some time, just for these qualities. As the price of copper continues to increase, and the theft of copper becomes more prevalent, it will be even more expensive to use in plumbing.


cpvc tuberias

These two acronyms are different plastic pipes that are now widely used for plumbing taking a foothold in the early 1990’s. PVC or polyvinyl chloride is used for water supply lines to the home.

It is used for high-pressure plumbing prior to the water needing to be heated, as it will warp if used for hot water. PVC can be easily cut and shaped for very specific implementations, and is extremely inexpensive. A stack of schedule 40 PVC could cost around $60 while a stack of cast iron could be around $170.

tubo polietileno reticuladoPEX stands for cross-linked polyethylene. This is the material that is being used most extensively today. This plastic is resistant to temperature changes and is now being used for interior plumbing in homes. Having all of the pros of plastic piping, PEX also has some of the characteristics that would make metal piping a more desirable choice.

Plastic piping has taken over as the go-to material for plumbing in the last two decades. As safer and more durable plastics are created, it makes more sense to use them. They are very inexpensive to manufacture and much easier to work with. Plastic can easily be sized and cut on the job site, is much lighter making it easier to work with and cheaper to ship. The plumbing industry has had significant advancements over the past century and we are still creating revolutionary new forms of plastics for plumbing.

Further Reading

Nick Quinlan is a professional student and amateur photographer who enjoys sharing the benefits of his travels and experience with others on the web through freelance writing and blogging.

Ene 302015

balcony baby_protectedBalcony screens or safety nets are intended to give safety and well-being at home, protecting children, adults, pets and objects that may fall from height, closing terraces, balconies, windows, doors, stairs, pools, etc.

For families living in units apartements, balconies can be a small backyard, where children can play with paint, playdough and all the messy stuff they love. But children can be in great danger if left alone in an unprotected balcony, even if for a couple of seconds.  Toddlers are extremely curious and fast.

Continue reading »

Nov 202014

A roof is one of the essential components that make up any building, hence the idiom “Four walls and a roof”. Unsurprisingly this means that the type of roof you decide to use for a given building is a crucial decision, equally as important as the material of the walls or floors.

There are different advantages and disadvantages to different types of roofing. As with all things, finding the right balance between these benefits and the needs of your building are key to its construction, renovation and long-term stability. So what are the benefits of different types of roofing, and how can you best exploit them? Once you’ve answered this essential question you will know what to ask for when you call up the installer (I would recommend North Carolina residents consider Housetop Roofing).

Continue reading »

Nov 202014

heater-not-working.jpgPILOT LIGHT ISSUES
If the pilot light on a heat source is no longer live there will be problems. Making sure that this is not the case is the responsibility of any homeowner does not want to have to pay for damaged pipes. Many times taking the time to light the pilot light again can save as well as energy. This is the easiest thing to check for the four were starting to panic.

This especially happens in the winter months if a heater is not a fully maintained prior to regular use. Contacting a repair service to make sure that things are working in the right fashion is advisable prior to the start of winter.

Continue reading »

Nov 072014

Spode Christmas Tree Kitchen Towels & AccessoriesThe holidays offer endless opportunities to have fun and spend time with family. If you’re on the hosting roster this year, you know that they can also bring stress and fatigue, especially if you feel as though your kitchen works against you! Instead of conceding to the dreaded fate of failure that stress can bring, utilize these five easy tips to prepare your kitchen for a fabulous holiday season.

1. Choose a Color Scheme 

Kitchens are known for pulling off cheerful colors, like bright yellows or burnt oranges, really well. Of course, you probably don’t have time to paint before your in-laws arrive. What you can do between now and then, however, is pull the color scheme of your kitchen together using everyday items and unique housewares.

Continue reading »

Oct 282014

vray area shadow

The VRayShadow plug-in can be used to achieve raytraced shadows with standard 3ds Max lights and VRay.   In addition to supporting blurry or area shadows, they will also cast correct shadows from objects with VRay displacement, as well as from transparent objects.  In this post you will learn about vray area shadow tutorial.

Continue reading »

AutoCAD Productivity Tip: Export your PDF Drawings to DWG Format with Able2Extract

 HOME AND GARDEN  Comentarios desactivados en AutoCAD Productivity Tip: Export your PDF Drawings to DWG Format with Able2Extract
Oct 082014

pdf-to-autocadIf you’re a professional AutoCAD user, it is likely that you often share your designs and plans with your clients, supervisors or other interested users. AutoCAD is highly specialized tool and most average users don’t know how to open and view its native DWG files.

That being said, chances are that you often export your drawings to PDF before emailing them to clients for consideration and approval. If your clients request edits to your designs, you can easily go back to your original DWG file, make changes and generate another PDF of the improved plan.

Continue reading »

Featuring Recent Posts WordPress Widget development by YD