Hot Wet Taps for PVC and ABS Pipe
Easily add a line to your existing PVC/ABS pipe by installing a Flo-Tap Saddle! This ingenious design cuts work time in half: no need to shut off water, cut into the pipe to add a tee, or even worry about cleaning up - the Flo-Tap Saddle removes cutting waste while it cuts!
Shown with socket wrench & extension (not included)
How It Works:
A removable cap
allows for easy access to the built-in metal saw-tooth cutter. Using a socket wrench and extension, turn the stainless steel cutter clockwise to cut an opening in the pipe. The cutter will seal the new outlet until it's removed. Connect the new line using primer and cement as applicable. Turn the wrench counter-clockwise to bring the cutter and debris back to the top; this will also open the water passage to the new branch outlet. Replace the cap to prevent leaking. Tip
: Add a ball valve
to easily shut off water to the new line!
Use a 3/8" socket wrench and 6" extension for 3/4" socket, 1" spigot outlets
Use a 1/2" socket wrench and 6" extension for 1-1/2" socket, 2" spigot outlets.
- Add a new line without turning off your water service!
- Type 303 stainless steel built-in saw tooth cutter
- Works on Schedule 40 & 80 PVC pipe
- Rated for 200 PSI static pressure at 72 degrees fahrenheit
- No need to cut main pipe line
- Less installation space required
- No bolts, washers, or nuts to wear out or corrode
- Proudly made in the USA
Order in quantities of 5, 10, or 20 of each size for additional savings!
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PVC Ball Valves
S x S (solvent style)
These ball valves will come in handy when using the Flo-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.
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