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Press vs black

Snowmelt Member Posts: 1,399
I have the pro press machine, I have 3 boiler jobs coming up, is there any reason I or you wouldn’t use black pipe all the way to the circ pump, including the taco air separator and closely spaced tees?


  • bob eck
    bob eck Member Posts: 930
    What type of boilers are you installing?
  • NYplumber
    NYplumber Member Posts: 503
    Assuming hydronic, I would say go press. Significantly quicker.
  • Snowmelt
    Snowmelt Member Posts: 1,399
    I posted a pic I redid the piping on a GV 90 W/M i went with black pipe. I want to see the cost value vs copper. I still spent close to $600.00 in black pipe.
  • gerry gill
    gerry gill Member Posts: 3,076
    yeah, steel and iron aren't cheap anymore especially post tariff.
    Serving Cleveland's eastern suburbs from Cleveland Heights down to Cuyahoga Falls.

  • pecmsg
    pecmsg Member Posts: 4,390
    2 1/2 hrs cutting and fitting (2 1/2' & 3")
    15 minuets to press all the fittings with water dripping.

    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 14,560
    no doubt it's fast 2 1/2 & 3' fittings are $$ but the labor saved is huge. is it a better job than welded or threaded, I doubt it but it's done and you cant solder with dripping water. vic fittings are $$ too
  • Snowmelt
    Snowmelt Member Posts: 1,399
    nice at a smaller job and it was near boiler piping with no threads just nipples ( 1 1/4 140,000 btu's ) I still spent a lot of money but I also bought zone valves, a board air separator.
    I want to price it out per fitting and see what I come up with.
    there is a huge difference between 1 1/4 and 3 inch elbows