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Everything you need to know about Conduit Pipe Fitting

Conduit pipe fittings are fittings extensively used in electrical projects to join one conduit pipe with another. It is available in different sizes and is made in many varieties and with different types of materials. This blog will let you know everything you need to know about conduit pipe fittings.

What is conduit?

Conduit basically means a pipe, tube or duct in which electrical cables may be inserted for safety and protection. It protects the electrical wires from environment and underground conditions too. Conduits well as their fittings come in a large range of different sizes and materials.

Types of Conduit Pipe Fitting Materials:

As discussed earlier, conduit pipe fittings are available in many different types and are made up of several types of materials. Some of the common types of conduit pipe fitting materials are given below:

  • Flexible Conduit Fitting: The flexible conduit fittings are actually not watertight but are easily adjusted to make connections from hard-to-reach places without being bent. They are easy to cut to the required size needed for the electrical conduit installation and hence are not much specific so it is easy to install them.
  • Metal Conduit Fitting: A metallic conduit connector is used to connect metallic conduits where chemical resistance is required. These are general-purpose flexible conduits made from galvanised steel, stainless steel SS316, Nickel plated brass, PVC, and polyolefin with high impact strength, tensile, and compression. These are available in different shapes and sizes.
  • HDPE Fittings: HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) pipes and fittings are often used as conduits to carry wires safely underground and at other places. The HDPE conduit system could employ tons of different types of HDPE fittings. HDPE pipes in Pakistan are strong and corrosion resistant. So they make up good conduit systems and do well under different conditions, such as under the sun or in underground wiring systems. They have good durability and are cheaper. So they make a good choice in terms of conduits and their fittings.
  • Galvanised Conduit Fitting: Galvanised rigid steel conduit is made up of a protective layer of mild steel to protect the cable inside it in an electrical conducting system. Galvanised conduit is used as routing of wire conductors and an equipment grounding conductor. Conduit pipe fittings such as tees, couplings, elbows, expansion joints, set screw connectors, connectors, etc. made from the same material are used in conduit installations to ensure the conduit is securely and safely fitted.

Characteristics of Conduit Pipe Fitting:

  • Chemical Makeup: The characteristics of any pipe of fitting basically depend upon its chemical makeup. If the chemical makeup is suitable, it will give the desired properties. Chemical nature of a conduit pipe fitting is actually the material of which it is made up. Prestige Plastics manufactures HDPE pipes in Lahore under high pressure that makes it strong as compared to other pipes in Pakistan. 
  • Thickness: The thickness of the wall of the conduit fitting determines how strong and how heavy it is going to be. The conduit fitting should be thick upto some level to ensure that it does not break under minor pressure.
  • Colour: Conduit pipe fittings come up in a large variety of colours. Even the same material could have different colour in different fittings depending upon which dye is used while manufacturing.
  • Durability and Strength: Durability of the fitting depends upon its chemical makeup and quality. A conduit with a good chemical makeup such as high density polyethylene is going to be more durable and definitely will have better strength.
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Different Conduit Fittings:

  • Elbow – is a fitting used to connect two conduit pipes together and bend the wires inside in the other direction without damaging them.
  • Strap – is used to hold the conduits against the wall in their place and prevent the system from breakage.
  • Connector – it basically joins and connects the system together. It connects conduits with other devices such as outlet boxes.
  • Adaptors – are fittings used to connect conduits of different sizes and different materials.
  • Tees – connect three conduit pipes together creating a linkup between wire coming from two different spots.
  • Coupling – are used to connect conduits of the same type. Threaded couplings are directly screwed onto the conduit.

Essential Things to Consider in Conduit Pipes and Fittings in Pakistan:

  • Cost: The cost of the conduit pipes and fittings is maybe the most important factor in choosing a specific conduit. Obviously conduit has a purpose to keep the wires inside safe from damage, but you don’t need the top notch quality and the most expensive pipes for this purpose. Some good quality PVC or HDPE pipes and fittings in Pakistan from a reputable supplier do the job of conduits very well. They will keep the wires safe but will not be a hole in your pocket.
  • Material and Quality: Material and quality of which the conduit is made is another very important factor in determining the conduit you choose. The material of the conduit should be resistant to corrosion. Metal pipes are usually subject to rusting so it is better to use plastic pipes as conduits. The conduits and fittings should also be resistant to UV rays if they are going to be outdoors. If the material and quality of the conduit is good, it is likely to last a lifetime.
  • Strength: Strength of the conduit pipe and fittings is what keeps it safe from external pressure. A conduit with better strength will not break or crack when stress of any kind is applied from the outside. For conduits carrying the wires underground, strength is important as it will prevent the pipe from cracking when a heavy object passes above it.
  • Applications: Conduit pipes and fittings are used in a wide range of applications. Different types of conduit pipes and fittings have different applications. Conduit pipes and fittings are used to carry wires safely underground, outdoor, inside the walls and even under water in some cases. When conduit is used inside the walls, pvc pipes and fittings of fair quality do the job. While when the wires are to be transported underground or under the water, high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes and fittings are good enough for it. Hence, PVC or HDPE pipes and fittings from a good manufacturer can function very well as conduits and are essential components of electrical wiring and Internet or tv cable systems all over the world.

HDPE Conduits in Pakistan:

Prestige Plastics is a piping company in Lahore providing quality HDPE pipes in Pakistan. Different sizes and diameters of HDPE pipes and all the fittings that need to be applied as conduits are available at Prestige Plastics. At Prestige Plastics, we manufacture high-quality HDPE pipes and fittings that are designed to withstand the rigours of any project.
Contact us today to learn more about our products and how we can help you with your piping needs!

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