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Spag74
Spag74 Member Posts: 3
edited September 22 in Plumbing
Which is best to use when piping  a steam header connection a regular union or a cast iron flange union w/a gasket?
2” header pipe and it will be located on risers out of the boiler 

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  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,769
    What pipe size? Where in the header will it go?
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  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 9,722
    Either one is fine but I would lean towards a flange union on 2 1/2" and up but neither is wrong.

    If you have a 4" union you need a pretty big wrench to tighten the nut and a big wrench to hold back on it.

    A flange union only needs wrenches for the bolts which may be an advantage in some cases
  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 3,697
    Even if you have to cut the bolts on the flange at some future point it is still easier than cutting apart a fitting and all you will have to do is replace the bolts to put it back together.
  • JUGHNE
    JUGHNE Member Posts: 8,689
    edited September 21
    A 3"union needed my 36" fully open for the nut and a 24" fully open for the fitting.
    Cheater pipes on each and 2 people with minor grunting.

    For 4" I used flanges with gaskets.
  • JUGHNE
    JUGHNE Member Posts: 8,689
    For 2" it seems to me that regular unions would be my choice.

    2" header with two 2" risers.....what does the install piping diagram show?