Hot Wet Taps for PVC and ABS Pipe
Add a line to your existing pipe by installing an easy to operate Flo-Tap Saddle - it will cut your work in half as there is no need to shut off the water, and it cleans up after itself in the process. This ingenious design removes the debris created by cutting into the PVC/ABS pipe while it cuts, keeping the material out of the water supply. Looking for a great selection of fittings? Click here
No need to shut off the water to tap your PVC/ABS pipe with
For schedule 40 & 80 pipe
Shown with socket wrench & extension (not included)
allows for an easy access to the metal saw tooth cutter. Use a 3/8" socket wrench with a 6" extension for 3/4" socket, 1" spigot outlets and a 1/2" socket wrench and 6" extension for 1-1/2" socket, 2" spigot outlets. Turn the cutter clockwise to cut an opening in the pipe. The built-in saw tooth cuts easily through a PVC pipe wall, cutting a single piece of pipe away. The cutter captures the waste as it cuts, preventing debris in the supply. Turn the wrench counter-clockwise to bring the cutter and waste back to the top and to open the water passage to the branch outlet. Remove the socket wrench and replace the cap to prevent leaking. Tip
: You can add a ball valve
to easily shut off water to the new line.
Now you can add a line to your existing PVC/ABS pipe without drilling, without the mess, no need to shut off the water and no need to drain your pipe!
- Works on schedule 40 & 80 PVC pipe
- No interruption of water service
- No need to cut pipe
- Less installation labor
- Less installation space required
- No bolts
- No washers
- No nuts
- No rust
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- Proudly made in the USA
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PVC Ball Valves
S x S (solvent style)
These ball valves will come in handy when using the Flow-Tap Saddles shown above. By adding a ball valve, you can easily shut off water to the new line. The 1" and 2" ball valves will glue right onto the branch outlet. 3/4" and 1 1/2" ball valves will require a piece of pipe between the ball valve and the branch outlet.
- Test pressure: 215psi @ 73° -
- Working pressure: 140psi @ 73° -
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. "How do these clamp over the pipe?"
A. You just open the saddle, place it around the pipe and attach the easy clamping hinge. Apply the wedge half way by hand and finish it off with a slight tap of a rubber mallet. Now you are ready to turn the cutter clockwise with a socket wrench. Simple, easy and fast.
Q. "Will these hot/wet taps work on ABS pipe?"
A. Yes, the manufacturer has tested the FLO TAP and verified that it works on ABS pipe.
Q. "If I unscrew the cap on the tool port can I remove the cutting tool and thread a regular pipe thread fitting onto it or a regular pipe nipple inside of it?"
A. No. The threaded cap that fits on the outside of the tool port is slightly larger than 1-1/2" NPT, but much smaller than 2" NPT. The threading inside the tool port has special fine threads (much finer than NPT threads). Regular NPT pipe threaded fittings or pipe nipples will not connect with them. The tool and cap that comes with the saddle are the only fittings that will fit inside or onto the outside of that port.
Q. "Why did the manufacturer use fine threads on the tool port instead of using regular pipe threads (NPT)?"
A. By using finer threads for the cutter tool better torque pressure could be applied and cutting or shaving the plastic is done in smaller increments making the cutting of the plastic smoother and the tool easier to rotate. These internal fine threads also keep water from escaping through the tightly fitting tool during the cutting process so it can be used without turning off the water. The threads on the outside of the tool port allow the cap to be hand tightened and sealed with the o-ring as a secondary leak prevention once the tool is positioned to the top of the port.