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Cleaning a Pigtail???

AdmiralYodaAdmiralYoda Member Posts: 234
So I intend to take my P-trol off and install a union with a T so I can add a 30 psi gauge to comply with code.  The union will also make cleaning the pigtail easier in the future.

I'm probably going to just replace the pigtail....but for future reference I want to buy the appropriate brush to clean it out.  I'm having a hard time finding a long flexible brush for cleaning a 1/4" pigtail.

Can someone point me in the right direction?  Thanks!

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  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 7,955
    There is no brush I know of. Some use a wire or a plastic zip tie to loosen up the crud and the blow it out.

    Use a brass pigtail and fittings
    kcopp
  • AdmiralYodaAdmiralYoda Member Posts: 234
    Thank you @EBEBRATT-Ed!  I actually answered my own question.  I first searched for pigtail brush, then pipe brush....the correct term is flexible tube brush.  Plenty of flavors out there.

    Quick question...why brass and not black iron?
  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 7,955
    The pigtail sits with water in it and the iron ones will plug up a lot faster. Brass is more $$ but well worth the price
    Gordo
  • AdmiralYodaAdmiralYoda Member Posts: 234
    Thank you!
  • ethicalpaulethicalpaul Member Posts: 2,517
    If you clean it out every year or two you won't need a brush because it won't be able to really build up seriously hardened gunk. You'll just be flushing out some dirty water and a bit of soft mud at worst I would think.
    1 pipe Peerless 63-03L in Cedar Grove, NJ, coal > oil > NG
  • Gary SmithGary Smith Member Posts: 359
    I use a large size pipe cleaner (like the kids use for art classes), long wire with fuzzy stuff attached. Also a zip tie can work.
  • JellsJells Member Posts: 245
    Why screw around when the right item costs $5?
  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Member Posts: 14,714
    Jells said:

    Why screw around when the right item costs $5?

    Because sometimes they can be next to impossible to get off.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.
    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-Mclain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
  • JellsJells Member Posts: 245

    Jells said:

    Why screw around when the right item costs $5?

    Because sometimes they can be next to impossible to get off.
    I was talking about the flexible shaft brush, what are you talking about??
    ethicalpaul
  • SteamheadSteamhead Member Posts: 14,171

    The pigtail sits with water in it and the iron ones will plug up a lot faster. Brass is more $$ but well worth the price

    This!

    If a steel pigtail is plugged, we replace it with a brass one. It's not worth it to try to clear a steel one.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    "Reducing our country's energy consumption, one system at a time"
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
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    Baltimore, MD (USA) and consulting anywhere.
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  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 7,955
    If I have a steel one that's plugged (and I had 3 on 1 process boiler) i take it off or cut it off and replace with brass pigtails. If I am out of pigtails. i pipe it with 1/4" fittings and then get back and replace it

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