Working with Chrome Brass Pipe

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There are a few things to keep in mind when completing jobs that require you to work with chrome brass pipe.

Composition of Chrome Brass

Chrome brass pipe is composed of copper and zinc. The grades of chrome brass fluctuate according to the proportion of the copper to zinc in the pipe. The highest-grade chrome brass pipe consists of more copper than zinc, usually 85 percent copper to 15 percent zinc.

Working with Chrome Brass

Chrome brass pipes typically come in 12-foot lengths and have diameters ranging from 1/8 inch to 12 inches. The full length of the pipe needs to be evenly supported to prevent sagging if stored for an extended period. Brass chrome pipe is softer than steel pipe, so use caution when working with vices and clamps to prevent damaging the pipe. As well, brass pipe expands more than steel pipe, requiring more clearance room than steel would when installed. Chrome brass pipe should not be bent as bending the pipe can cause the chrome to flake and crack.

Advantages and Disadvantages

A few advantages to using chrome brass is that it is corrosive resistant, less expansive and more pliable than other metals such as steel. A disadvantage to chrome brass is that it is not very resilient to cold temperatures. As well chrome brass is heavy, which may add too much weight to make a viable option for some jobs.