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Listening to your plumber who starts talking technical can be an embarrassing and confusing moment. Firstly you haven’t a clue what he or she is talking about and secondly he translates your blank uncomprehending look as intelligence and therefore assumes you do know what he’s saying. So over the next few articles I’m going to translate some terms into English.
about plumbing involves sex but let’s start with thread. In plumbing thread has
always been expressed in BSP (British Standard Pipe thread). Even Europe uses
BSP without realising it as does virtually the rest of the world except for
those under American or Japanese influence. So if you are in Abu Dhabi or
Aberdeen your basin tap will have the same thread.
Now how does
sex become involved? Simple, threaded plumbing fittings come with either a
female or a male thread. The male thread is an external thread whilst the
female is an internal and the male screws into the female.
Just like the
real world you have fittings with 2 female threads and equally fittings with 2
male threads and also, very topical, one female and one male.
have it. Plumbers and sex.
More next time
including sweated joints and why ½” bsp bears no relationship to the ½” on your