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  • Hot Tapping

    I recently had some hot taps done on 8" and 4"cooling lines(200+ PSI) and when I got the bill I realized that this is something I should be doing myself. We got the threadolettes welded on, and put the valves on. The only thing he did was tap it, and it took about 5 mins for each 3" tap, and 4 mins for each 2" tap
    Any of you guys get hot taps done. If so, do you do them or do you sub it out?

    The machine that looks like it stands out the most is the IFT (www.hottapmachine.com). Any feedback on this or other machines?

    Thanks in advance.

    BP
    West Trail Mechanical Ltd
    Service. Commitment. Expertise.

    www.westtrailmechanical.ca

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    I use a Mueller B-100, but that threads the Ductile Iron pipe itself, no welding required, for anything greater than 2" or plastic lines you have to use a saddle around here.

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    • #3
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      Oh and to drive it I have a head that fits a 700 machine, it turns at a slower rate than the one that you showed.

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      • #4
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        I use Harry's hot tapper. Works quite well and it's simple. We always use a saddle. Don't have much ductile around here. I drive it with a right angle drill on low speed.

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          Originally posted by ILPlumber View Post
          I use Harry's hot tapper. Works quite well and it's simple. We always use a saddle. Don't have much ductile around here. I drive it with a right angle drill on low speed.
          Just looked them up.
          They're made 15 miles from my front door!!!
          They look economical.Do they hold up?

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          • #6
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            Yes it does. I have used it to make 57 taps in the last 5 or so years. I have made up to 4" taps with it. It paid for itself after 3 taps.

            You have to make your own drain tee etc. But hey, galvanized nipples and fittings are cheap.

            I have bought saddles there also. They are good quality. NPT saddles are hard to find around here, Everything is AWWA thread.
            Last edited by ILPlumber; 09-24-2008, 06:23 PM.

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            • #7
              Re: Hot Tapping

              Originally posted by ILPlumber View Post
              Yes it does. I have used it to make 57 taps in the last 5 or so years. I have made up to 4" taps with it. It paid for itself after 3 taps.

              You have to make your own drain tee etc. But hey, galvanized nipples and fittings are cheap.

              I have bought saddles there also. They are good quality. NPT saddles are hard to find around here, Everything is AWWA thread.
              Thank-you ILPlumber.

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              • #8
                Re: Hot Tapping

                Originally posted by ILPlumber View Post
                Yes it does. I have used it to make 57 taps in the last 5 or so years. I have made up to 4" taps with it. It paid for itself after 3 taps.

                You have to make your own drain tee etc. But hey, galvanized nipples and fittings are cheap.

                I have bought saddles there also. They are good quality. NPT saddles are hard to find around here, Everything is AWWA thread.
                for tapping supplies:
                http://www.pollardwater.com
                http://www.usabluebook.com

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                • #9
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                  There's alot of knowledge on this board. I enjoy reading it. I'll try to contribute when I can.

                  Thanks for the links wrench spinner

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                  • #10
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                    Used to tap live with a company I worked for. We made our own tap.

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