Plumber finds effective alternative to copper

Buteline, plastic pipe

To avoid the problem of increasing copper thefts, a plumber chose the Buteline plastic plumbing system for a pair of detached new-build homes in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire. This press-fit system was installed by TPR mechanical services, avoiding the problems that can be caused by O-rings, grab rings and inserts.

Similar systems were installed in each property for unvented systems consisting of an unvented single cylinder fed from the mains water supply. Buteline pipes of 10, 16 and 22 mm were installed.

Using Buteline’s ClampSeal technology, polybutene pipes are inserted in a single-piece fitting. The joint is then completed using a handheld clamping tool delivering 6 t of force.

The Buteline plumbing system is suitable for hot and cold plumbing, as well as central heating. Although relatively new to the UK it has a 30-year track record in other countries.

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