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Push-fit fitting designed to connect imperial to metric pipe. Designed, manufactured, assembled in the UK by John Guest Speedfit.
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The strictest control is maintained by virtue of the fact that design and manufacture is carried out in modern purpose-built manufacturing centres in west London and at Maidenhead in Berkshire.

Maintaining control over the whole process from initial tool design and tool making through to final assembly and testing ensures that only products of the highest quality are produced.

The company believe that it is this commitment to quality that has led to it receiving awards from many of the world's leading testing and approvals organisations.

   
   

Technical Checklist - Plumbing and Heating Fittings - UK Sizes


NOTE:
This checklist refers exclusively to fittings and accessories from our range of push-fit products for Plumbing and Heating Systems. Other fittings, valves, tube and ancillary products have their own Technical Specification.

Fittings and pipe should be kept clean and undamaged before use.

Sizes 10mm to 28mm diameter.

Pipes Speedfit fittings can be used with:

- Copper pipe to BS EN 1057
- Speedfit Barrier Pipe to BS7291.

Speedfit fittings cannot be used on stainless steel pipe.

Standards Speedfit products are designed and manufactured under a fully integrated system assessed by B.S.I. to BS EN ISO9001. They are approved by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme and BBA. Speedfit 'PEM', 'PSE' and 'SFM' Fittings and Speedfit Barrier Pipe are kitemarked to BS7291 Parts 1, 2 and 3, Class S (Licence No. KM39767).

Applications

- Mains fed and indirect cold water systems
- Vented and unvented hot water systems
- Vented and sealed central heating systems

DO NOT USE FOR Gas, fuel oil or compressed air applications.

Working temperatures and pressures

Application

Usual working temperature,°C

Maximum working temperature,°C
Maximum working pressure, bar
Cold Water (indirect and direct mains)

20

20
12
Central Heating
82
105, short term malfunction at 114
3
Hot Water (including unvented cylinders) 65 95 6

Burst Pressure (fittings) With copper or plastic pipe at 20°C: Speedfit fittings used with copper or Speedfit Barrier Pipe will withstand pressures well in excess of normal service conditions.

Continuously operated re-circulating systems (secondary hot water circulation / ring main installations)

A continuously operated re-circulating system is a water-replenished circulating system which is maintained at a constant high temperature to provide a constant source of hot water. Continuously operated re-circulating systems are used to distribute constant hot water to draw off points that may be distant from the source or hot water storage vessel. Continuously operated re-circulating systems are very different from conventional hot water supply and central heating systems found in domestic properties, for which our products have been tested to, under either BS7291 Class S or WRAS approval standards, and for this reason Speedfit products must not be used on any continuously operated re-circulating systems as they are not approved under the current version of these standards.

High temperatures Can withstand 114°C intermittently for short periods. The Speedfit System should not be used on an uncontrolled heat source.

Insulation Should comply with BS6700 and BS5422, as for copper.

Minimum bend radii (PEX)

Pipe diameter

 

10mm

15mm

22mm

28mm

 

 

 

 

Min radius with clips

100mm

175mm

225mm

300mm

Min radius with cold forming bend

30mm

75mm

110mm

-

Clip spacing (in mm)

For surface mounted pipes

 

Pipe diameter

Clip Spacing

Horizontal Run

Vertical Run

10 - 15mm

300mm

500mm

22mm

500mm

800mm

28mm

800mm

1,000mm

Where pipe is concealed, clipping may only be required where necessary.

Expansion (PEX pipe). 1% on length between 20°C and 82°C.

Flow rates. Comparable with metal systems.

Cleaners, inhibitors and descalents. For advice on the replenishment of additives such as corrosion inhibitors, the following manufacturers should be contacted: Fernox Manufacturing Limited on 01799 550811 or Sentinel, BetzDearborn Limited on 0151 420 9595.

Paint and Chemicals. Use only water or oil based paint. DO NOT ALLOW CONTACT WITH jointing compounds, cellulose based paints, paint thinners or strippers, solder flux, acid-based descalents or aggressive cleaning products, including those below pH4, high in hypochlorite (e.g. bleach) or containing hydrogen peroxide. (See the DISINFECTION OF HOT WATER SYSTEMS section of the installation advice for specifically permitted disinfection procedures)

Solder Flux. No fluxes of any type should come into contact with JG Speedfit pipe fittings. If fluxes are to be used in an environment where Speedfit is installed, then (1) extreme care should be taken to ensure that no such contact takes place, and (2) JG recommend installers only use fluxes tested and approved in writing in advance by JG. At the date of this publication, the only such approved flux is Fernox Flux.

Chlorine. Speedfit is not suitable for use in systems where the water containing high levels of chlorine. e.g. swimming pools, fountains etc.

Exposure to sunlight. Speedfit products, when used indoors, are not affected by sunlight. When used outdoors protect from ultra violet light by lagging or painting.

Pipe clips. Pipe clips should not be fitted any closer than 60mm from the end of the fitting. Pipe should be adequately supported by pipe clips to prevent undue stress (side load) on fittings.

Pipe Inserts Must be used on all installations when using plastic pipe and should be fully inserted.

Metal Joists When 'cabling' plastic pipe through metal joists ensure rubber grommets are in place to prevent damage to pipe. Use of collet covers or collet clips on fittings recommended.

Connection To Boilers A minimum 1000mm run of copper pipe must be installed between the boiler and the Speedfit system, as per BS5955: Part 8.

Connection to copper pipe 450mm is the minimum distance to make a solder connection on copper pipe inserted into a Speedfit fitting. Ensure that any residual flux solder does not come into contact with the fitting.

Concrete And Masonry Speedfit pipe and fittings can be laid in concrete and masonry providing they are installed in conduit pipe with access boxes for the fittings. This is to enable the pipe to expand and provide accessibility for both pipe and fittings. As stated in Water Regulation Scheme 2.7 and BS 8000 : Part 15, fittings and pipe should be removable for possible replacement. Insulation is also recommended to protect against heat loss and the effects of frost.

Electrical Continuity If Speedfit is used in an existing metal system which may have been used for earthing, electrical continuity should be reinstated.

Valves And Taps Plastic 15mm and 22mm valves and taps available from JG Speedfit Ltd are not suitable for central heating installations.

1/4 Turn Valves

These valves have been designed to allow temporary servicing of downstream equipment and must only be used in the fully open or fully closed position. DO NOT USE THESE VALVES: In a partially open position to control flow; to provide a permanent termination; without tubing assembled or plugged (or threaded connections sealed) or as a tap or "faucet".

Collet covers Collet covers provide added security against pipe disconnection, e.g. the fitting coming into contact with rigid surfaces and behind dry-lining walls. They are offered in white as standard and in red or blue to provide colour coding of pipe.

Collet clips Grey collet clips are used with standard fittings to prevent accidental pipe disconnection. Red or blue clips provide colour coding of pipe. Red and blue clips should not be used to prevent accidental release of pipe.

System Testing. To ensure the pipework and fittings have been installed correctly, whether it be on a new or extended system, it is essential that the system is checked and hydraulically wet tested. Testing should be at 2 bar for 10 minutes and 10 bar for 10 minutes. This testing, combined with other relevant checks, should reveal installation problems and is regarded as good plumbing practice. However, system testing should not be regarded as a substitute for correct installation.

System Flushing. As is usual practice for any plumbing installation, flushing of the system prior to the use of Speedfit is recommended to remove any contaminants/chemical residue from elsewhere in the system.

British Gas Service has accepted the John Guest Speedfit fittings as being suitable for open vented and sealed central heating systems and as eligible for acceptance onto its service contracts.

Products within this range are designed for use within UK plumbing and heating installations or in other countries where similar installation requirements apply. For information on products suitable for use in other countries please consult our Technical Advisory Service.

Vermin. Speedfit products will need special protection in vermin infested areas.

Maximum Torque Figures (BSP & BSPT). Plastic threads are not generally as strong as brass threads. Customers and end users should be aware of this when choosing products for their applications. Over tightening of plastic threads will cause undue stress and eventual cracking and leakage. The maximum torque figures for BSP and BSPT threads used on Speedfit plumbing products in mating threads conforming to relevant British or International thread standards.

 

Threads

Size

Maximum Torque

Plastic

1/2"

3.0 Nm

3/4"

4.0 Nm

Brass

1/2"

4.0 Nm

3/4"

5.0 Nm


It is recommended that all installations are checked prior to use to determine that a seal has been made.

Side Loads. Fittings should not be subject to excessive side loads and they should not be used as support brackets. Tubing and fittings should be adequately supported to prevent excessive side loading.


SYSTEM CONNECTIONS

Connection to compression fitting

Many, but not all, compression fittings are suitable for use with plastic fittings and pipe. Users should therefore check for compatibility. Compression fittings with short tube stop depth or hard olives should not be used with plastic fittings or pipe.

When using compression fittings with Speedfit pipe, a Standard Pipe Insert (prefix TSM) must be used to withstand the compressive pressure of the olive. The olive must be located within the length of the pipe insert and the pipe fully inserted into the fitting. The connection should not need more than 2 full turns after the olive has gripped the pipe. Copper olives are preferable to brass olives.

Ensure nut and olive are in place before inserting pipe insert.


Connection to Imperial Pipe and Fittings

The Speedfit Range includes couplers to connect Speedfit Pipe to 1/2" to 1" BSP and BSPT.



To connect 1/2" imperial copper pipe to metric 15mm, Speedfit Part No NC471 should be used.


Connection to Chrome-Plated Copper Pipe

Speedfit fittings can be connected onto chromium plated copper pipe if the chromium plating is completely removed to the full depth of the fitting. To ensure maximum grip, the fitting of a collet clip is recommended.

It is not possible to connect Speedfit fittings to stainless steel pipe.

 

Connection to Mains Supply

In modern properties, water enters a building usually in a blue MDPE (medium density polyethylene) pipe. In order to comply with Water Regulation Schedule 2.10, the internal plumbing system should be connected via a Speedfit Stop Valve (Part Nos. 15STV and 22STV) in conjunction with a PE-Copper Coupler from the Speedfit range of Underground Fittings.

 


Connection of Speedfit pipe to supply pipe of other materials should be via a stop tap with a 15mm or 22mm compression outlet.

Continuously operated re-circulating systems (secondary hot water circulation / ring main installations)


A continuously operated re-circulating system is a water-replenished circulating system which is maintained at a constant high temperature to provide a constant source of hot water. Continuously operated re-circulating systems are used to distribute constant hot water to draw off points that may be distant from the source or hot water storage vessel. Continuously operated re-circulating systems are very different from conventional hot water supply and central heating systems found in domestic properties, for which our products have been tested to, under either BS7291 Class S or WRAS approval standards, and for this reason Speedfit products must not be used on any continuously operated re-circulating systems as they are not approved under the current version of these standards.

Speedfit pipe should never be connected directly to a boiler.

Although most modern boilers have a high limit thermostat, residual heat can be conducted by the heat exchanger. Therefore, Speedfit recommend a minimum of 1 metre from the boiler casing should be run in copper pipe unless otherwise stated in the boiler manufacturer's installation literature.

A gravity primary circuit operating on an uncontrolled cooking range or solid fuel boiler should be run entirely in copper and the heating circuit run in copper for the first metre.

Refer to BS 5955: Part 8 for further clarification.

All appliances should have safety devices to make sure they cannot operate above the working temperature and pressure range set out in our Technical Checklist. If safety devices are not incorporated within the appliance then external controls will be needed.

Water meters (and other devices) can contain check valves that prevent the expansion of heated water back down the main supply from a combi boiler. If plastic pipe is to be used, a suitable expansion vessel must be fitted. This is especially important to consider if a water meter is fitted retrospectively. Speedfit do not recommend the use of plastic pipe on the main supply between a water meter and a combi boiler if an expansion vessel is not fitted.

Speedfit Products should not be fitted to a sealed system oil boiler, a back fired boiler or other uncontrolled heat sources.

Please also see Drop Pipe Systems and System Commissioning and Flushing in this document.

Connecting to other plumbing fixtures

The Speedfit range of fittings includes valves, taps, adaptors and connectors for the plumbing of all types of domestic appliances and fittings.

Connection to cylinder and water heaters

Speedfit can be used on sealed and open vented heating systems, where boilers are either heating a hot water storage cylinder or instantaneous hot water such as a combination boiler. The temperature and pressure limits of the system must not exceed the maximum values stated under the heading 'Working Temperatures and Pressures'.

When using a traditional copper vented cylinder Speedfit pipe and fittings can be installed with direct connections to the cylinder.

Unvented pressurised cylinders can be installed using Speedfit pipe and fittings. However, insertion depths on compression joints that form part of the cylinder must be checked prior to installation and the use of standard pipe inserts (prefix TSM) is recommended.

In accordance with current U.K. Building Regulations (Part G), discharge pipes from temperature and/or pressure relief valves must be run in metal pipework.

Speedfit connections to combined Cylinder/Boiler units and Thermal Storage Units must be made outside the casing unless otherwise stated in the manufacturers installation literature.

Drop-Pipe systems

Care should be taken when designing and installing a central heating system where radiators are supplied by pipework which drops from an upper floor.

With this kind of system it is possible to trap air in the upper floor pipework. When the boiler is fired the increase in pressure within the pipe caused by expanding air could cause the pipe to burst.

It is therefore essential that the system be designed so that any air can be removed from the system either automatically or manually by installing automatic or manual air vents at the highest points of the system.

Discharge pipes

Speedfit pipe should not be used to provide the discharge from unvented cylinders, unvented water heaters or sealed systems via the temperature relief and pressure relief valves.

Water heaters

Speedfit recommend that mains supply pipework to unvented water heaters (up to 15ltr capacity) be run in metal pipes.

Unvented Pressurised Cylinders

Unvented Pressurised Cylinders can be installed using Speedfit Pipe and fittings. However if the safety parameters of the cylinder exceed those of the pipe and fittings it is possible to fit a pressure reduction valve on the out going hot supply pipe. This will not interfere with any other cylinder safety devices demanded by regulations as they are all fitted in the incoming side of the cylinder. Run a short length of copper pipe from the cylinder connection (about 150mm - 300mm) then fit a Honeywell DO5F pressure reduction valve. This will protect the pipe and fittings from excessive pressure in the event of boiler / cylinder malfunction. The factory fitted temperature / pressure relief valve on the cylinder will discharge below 100°C therefore protecting the pipe from excessive temperature.

Connection to pumps and valves

Speedfit pipe should be connected to circulating pumps and motorised valves in accordance with the above section headed "Connection to compression fitting". If Speedfit pipe is not mounted on a supporting structure, the pipe must be clipped close to the components' connections to ensure adequate support and to assist in the reduction of vibration.

For heavier equipment, ensure that appropriate metal brackets provide full and independent support of the components and that the equipment does not rely solely on the pipework for support.

Connection to copper pipe

450mm (18 inches) is the minimum distance to make a solder connection on copper pipe inserted into a Speedfit fitting. Ensure that any residual flux solder is not allowed to come in contact with the fitting. That same measurement is the safe distance to use a freezer kit to Speedfit pipe.

Connecting to cold water storage tank

To install the Speedfit Tank Connector, unscrew the nut and push the body of the fitting through the tank hole with the washer on the inside of the tank.

Hand tighten the nut onto the body. Push the pipe into the connector.

Note: Hard tightening the nut onto the body is all that is required. Further mechanical tightening will damage the fitting.

Preventing back flow

The Speedfit range includes a Double Check Valve (Part No 15DCV) to enable installers to comply with Water Regulations Schedule 2.15, thus preventing contamination of water arising from back siphonage, backflow or cross connection.

Radiator connections

The most common way of running pipework to a radiator is to run both flow and return pipes central to the radiator position.

The pipes exit a single gang box (fitted with rubber grommets) located at the mid height of the finished radiator position. This also provides a fixed point for other trades to work to and reduces the risk of damage to the pipework.

 

Once the plasterboard is installed the pipes are passed through the Speedfit Radiator Outlet Plate to exit plasterboard without creating unsightly holes.

Metal reducing sets which convert radiator valves from 15mm to 10mm are not suitable for use with Speedfit fittings or pipe as they can cause damage to the plastic.

Electrical Continuity

The plumbing or heating system installer should have these aspects checked to ensure compliance with current IEE regulations. If in doubt, please contact the Speedfit Technical Advisory Service or consult your local Electricity Authority.

IEE Guidance Note 7 provides useful guidance on the design of electrical installations where there is increased risk of electric shock. It recognises that the requirement for supplementary bonding may be relaxed where metal taps and plastic pipes supply other bathroom fittings.

Similarly a metal batch or radiator not connected to an extraneous-conductive-part is not required to be connected to the local supplementary conductors.

Supplementary bonding to bathrooms

 

Pipe Material

Supplementary bond required between

 

Comments

Cold water Hot water Central heating      
P P P Earth terminals of protective conductors of class I and of class II equipment and accessible exposed conductive parts of the building structure.   Bonding of metal taps and metal radiators or metal baths is not required unless the bath is connected to the metallic building structure.
           
P M M Hot water pipe, central heating pipes, earth terminals of protective conductors of class I and class II equipment and accessible exposed conductive parts of the building structure.   A bond is not required to the taps (either hot or cold) or to metal baths unless connected to the metallic building structure.
           
P P M Central heating pipes, the earth terminals of protective conductors of class I and class II equipment and access to exposed conductive parts of the building structure.   Bonding of metal water taps is not required, nor metal baths unless connected to the metallic building structure.
           
M M M All metal pipes, earth terminals of protective conductors of class I and class II equipment, and accessible exposed conductive parts of the building structure.   Metal pipes themselves can be used as bonding conductors if joints are metal to metal and electrically continuous.
           
M M P All metal pipes, earth terminals of protective conductors of class I and class II equipment, and accessible exposed conductive parts of the building structure.   Metal central heating radiator does not require bonding.

P = Plastic M = Metal NB: All waste pipes are plastic.

  1. Supplementary bonding is carried out to the earth terminal of protective conductors of class I and class II equipment within the bathroom. A supplementary bond is not run back to the main earth.
  2. Metal window frames are not required to be supplementary bonded unless they are electrically connected to the metallic structure of the bonding.
  3. Metal baths supplied by metal pipes do not require supplementary bonding if all the pipes are bonded and there is no other connection of the bath to earth.
  4. All bonding connections must be accessible and labelled "Safety Electrical Connection - Do Not Remove".


 

INSTALLING PIPEWORK

Speedfit Barrier Pipe

Speedfit Barrier Pipe is manufactured to BS7291 Parts 1, 2 and 3 Class S and is kitemarked.

It is made up of 5 layers, the centre of which is a blue coloured oxygen barrier which prevents the ingress of air into the system, thereby reducing the effect of corrosion on metal components. Because of its low thermal conductivity, when carrying hot water, Speedfit pipe is cooler and therefore safer to touch. Relatively low heat loss through radiation means that a system retains its heat longer and delivers hot water more quickly and with less wastage than a metal system.

The pipe is available in coils and straight lengths. Pipe markings are spaced to aid the making of a good connection when using a Superseal Pipe Insert.

Pipework sizing

For general guidance on pipework sizing, please refer to BS6700 or the Institute of Plumbing Engineering Services Design Guide. Speedfit fittings are suitable for pipes within ±0.1mm of nominal size. They can be used with copper pipe to BS EN 1057 or Speedfit plastic pipe.

The Product Range List shows the fittings available for reducing pipe diameters within the system.

Speedfit pipe is available in straight lengths and coils.

 

Pipe Diameter

Straights

2m

-

15mm

22mm

-

 

3m

-

15mm

22mm

28mm

 

6m

-

15mm

22mm

28mm

Coils

25m

10mm

15mm

22mm

-

 

50m

10mm

15mm

22mm

-

 

100m

10mm

15mm

-

-

 

120m

-

15mm

-

-

 

150m

-

15mm

-

-

Metal Foil Tape


JG Speedfit aluminium foil tape can be used to fulfil the NHBC requirements for the identification of location of plastic pipes in or behind a wall surface by a metal detector. It features a bright aluminium finish, rubber/resin high-tack adhesive and quality siliconised backing paper to allow the easy handling of short, cut lengths.

DO NOT stick the tape to plastic pipe or fittings.

Pipe Bending

Gentle bends can be made with pipe clips on either side of the curve, positioned to maintain the bend radius.

Internal Bending Springs are available in sizes from 10mm to 22mm. Refer to our Part Numbers beginning 'JG-BS'.
Tighter bends can be achieved by using the cold forming bends shown among the products on this site.

It is also possible to bend Speedit Pipe using a standard pipe bender. The pipe should not be heated with a blowlamp or hot air gun.

Minimum bend radii for Speedfit pipes are as follows:

Min Radius

Pipe Diameter

 

10mm

15mm

22mm

28mm

with Cold Forming Bends

30mm

75mm

110mm

-

with Clips

100mm

175mm

225mm

300mm

For bends of radii smaller than those shown, standard elbow fittings are recommended.

Pipe support and clipping

There are two types of pipe clip in the Speedfit range.


Firstly, a nail clip is used for fixing to timber when running concealed pipework (i.e. under floor or in a roof space). This clip takes less time to fit and is compact which allows pipework to be fixed close together when space is at a premium.
The second type uses a screw and, therefore, takes a little longer to fix. When pipes are required to cross over, it is possible to add a spacer to the clip. This will give room between the pipe and the wall to allow the pipes to cross over. If pipework needs to be insulated, using the spacer will give room for the lagging to be applied.

Pipe clips should not be fitted any closer than 60mm from the end of the fitting to allow for expansion. Pipes should always be adequately supported to prevent undue stress or side load on the fittings.

Recommended clip spacing

For surface mounted pipes


Pipe Diameter


Clip Spacing

 

Horizontal Run

Vertical Run

10 - 15mm

300mm

500mm

22mm

500mm

800mm

28mm

800mm

1,000mm

Pipe sizing

For general guidance on pipework sizing, please refer to BS6700 and BS5449 or the Institute of Plumbing Engineering Services Design Guide. Speedfit fittings are suitable for connection to pipe sizes within ±0.1mm of nominal size.

The maximum heat carrying capacity and flow of Speedfit pipe, based on 1.2m/s velocity and an 11°C temperature drop is shown in the table below.

Pipe size

Max Capacity KW

Max Flow litres/sec

Headloss m/m pipe

10mm

1.948

0.042

0.283

15mm

5.941

0.129

0.319

22mm

13.604

0.295

0.084

28mm

21.991

0.478

0.062

Pipework Insulation

The insulation requirements for Speedfit pipe are the same as those for copper and should comply with BS6700 and BS5422.

Concealed Pipework

The flexibility of Speedfit pipe gives it the ability to be threaded through concealed or inaccessible spaces without disruption to surrounding structure, making major savings in installation time.

Pipework can be "cabled" through drilled holes in joists and rafters. Therefore, pipework can be installed after floorboards have been laid if access is available from the lower floor before ceilings have been installed.

This makes site work far safer as the installer does not have to balance on open joists with the risk of dropping tools or equipment on other people below.

This will also eliminate the risk of damage by floorboard nails. There is no need for dry runs since pipe can be cut and connections made in-situ.

Rigid pipe, such as copper, can only be fed under floor in short lengths. However, Speedfit pipe, being flexible, can run from one fitting to another without having to install a connector in between.

Speedfit needs no jointing materials, eliminating the risk of fire from the use of blowlamp, solder and flux.

Traditional joists

Instructions on the drilling of joists is given in the Building Regulations Approved Document A, and summarised as follows:

1. Holes should be no greater than 0.25 of the depth of the joist.

2. Holes should be drilled at the neutral axis.

3. Holes should not be less than 3 diameters (centre to centre) apart.

4. Holes should be located between 0.25 and 0.4 times the span from the support.

Timber I Beam Joists

Several types of joists are available and Speedfit recommends that specific manufacturers' details are consulted. However, the following can be used for general guidance.

  • Holes may be located vertically anywhere in the web, but leave 3mm web at the top and/or bottom of hole. Do not cut into joist flanges when cutting the web.
  • If more than one hole is to be cut in the web, the distance between the edges of the holes must be at least twice the diameter of the largest hole.
  • Generally joists are manufactured with 38mm perforated knockouts in the web at approximately 300mm centres along the length of the joist.

Cross Web Joists

Unlike I beam joists, pipe can be cabled anywhere within the open web as no drilling is required. However, the top and bottom flanges must not be notched. Avoid damaging the outside diameter of the pipe as you cable through the metal cross web members.

Timber framed construction

Speedfit is well suited for timber frame construction. Ensure that the structural integrity is not compromised when installing the pipework.

If the pipe passes through an external wall, care must be taken not to damage the vapour barrier. The pipe should be installed on the inside of the thermal insulation layer. If this is not possible, the use of conduit should be specified at the design stage.

Steel framed construction

Speedfit is well suited for steel frame construction and care should be taken when installing the pipework.

All runs should be installed through preformed holes in the structure and protected by a rubber or plastic grommet.

Where clipping of pipework is restricted, cable ties must be used to secure the pipe.

As with all installations, make sure that any pipework passing through walls and floors does not affect the fire resistant properties of the structure.

Dry lined walls

Speedfit pipework can be easily cabled through studwork and within wall systems as well as behind "dot and dab" plasterboard installations. Speedfit 10mm B-PEX Barrier pipe is most commonly used to feed radiators.

If incorporating fittings in this way, collet covers or collet clips must be used within the Standard (PKM) range of fittings.

Wet plaster

To prevent surface damage to the plaster caused by expansion and contraction of Speedfit pipes, it is important to ensure that all Speedfit pipework is channelled into the wall and protected with appropriate sleeving. Alternatively, the pipework can be surface mounted and boxed in if required for aesthetic appearance.

Laying of pipe in concrete and masonry

Speedfit pipe and fittings can be laid in concrete and masonry provided they are installed in conduit pipe with access boxes for the fittings. As stated in Water Regulation Schedule 2.7 and BS8000 : Part 15, fittings and pipe should be removable for possible replacement. Insulation is also recommended to protect against heat loss and the effects of frost.

 

Speedfit Conduit Pipe is supplied in either 15mm or 22mm (internal diameter) sizes. The flexible convoluted pipe has an outside diameter of 24mm and 30mm. Coils of either 25m or 50m length are available.

Exposed pipework

On long exposed runs of pipework, the expansion of Speedfit pipe when warm (1% on length between 20°C and 82°C) can cause it to sag between clip fixings. When this is undesirable, pipework can be boxed in or replaced with rigid copper pipe.

Speedfit pipe and fittings are stabilised to withstand limited exposure to ultra-violet radiation in sunlight but are not designed for permanent direct exposure. Under such conditions painting or lagging is required. Pipe and fittings should also be lagged to prevent frost damage.

Chemical effects

Only water or oil based paints should be used. Do not allow Speedfit fittings to come into contact with jointing compounds, cellulose based paints, paint thinners or strippers, solder flux or acid based descalents or aggressive cleaning products, including those below pH4, high in hypochlorite (e.g. bleach) or containing hydrogen peroxide. (SEE THE DISINFECTION OF HOT AND COLD WATER SYSTEMS section of the installation advice for specifically permitted disinfection procedures). If there is a risk of any chemical treatments coming into contact with Speedfit, please contact the Technical Advisory Service first to check compatibility.

Fluxes and Speedfit

JG Speedfit does not recommend that fluxes of any type come into contact with our pipe and fittings. However, if fluxes are to be used in an environment where Speedfit is installed then we recommend installers use non-acidic and zinc chloride free fluxes such as Fernox Flux.

Acoustic

Properly installed, Speedfit pipes are virtually silent in operation and do not resonate; they absorb the acoustic vibrations and pressure waves created by cavitations, water hammer, float operated valve oscillation and other hydraulic effects. The inherent flexibility of Speedfit pipe effectively eliminates these troublesome problems, including those that occur when, due to thermal expansion, metal pipes rub against structural members and where long, straight runs of rigid pipe amplify water borne noise.

Protection against rodents

When used in locations that are vulnerable to rodent attack, all plastic pipes and fittings should be adequately protected within sealed ducts.

Speedfit products, along with other materials such as electrical cables may be damaged if rodents are present. If vermin infestation is suspected then a rodent exterminator should take appropriate action.

Biological

No taste, colour, odour or toxicity is imparted to water by Speedfit components, nor do they promote microbiological growth.

In accordance with BS7291 : Part 1 Clause 6.7, the opacity of both pipes and fittings allows insufficient light to pass for the growth of algae.

Tests within the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme have approved Speedit pipe and fittings to BS 6920 for water quality.

System testing

On completion of the plumbing and heating system it is essential that system checking and a hydraulic wet test takes place. Connections to boilers, radiators and sanitary ware should first be capped or plugged.

 

Testing should be carried out at 2 bar for 10 minutes followed by 10 bar for 10 minutes.

 

This testing, combined with other relevant checks, should reveal most system problems. Any components within the system not designed to take these pressures should be disconnected.

Before carrying out a pressure test ensure all Speedfit pipe and fittings are installed correctly. Speedfit Barrier Pipe is printed with insertion marks to help ensure full insertion has been achieved.

Remember that pressure testing is NOT a substitute for making sure fittings are clean and free of any grit, dirt or swarf and the pipe is correctly inserted (see "How to Make a Connection").

System Commissioning and Flushing

With existing systems, flushing prior to the use of Speedfit is essential to remove any harmful contamination or chemical residues from elsewhere in the system.

For the installation of central heating systems flushing procedures must be in line with BS7593 code of practice for treatment of water in domestic hot water heating systems.

Flux residues used in the soldering of capillary fittings are very corrosive. Dirt and grit, which can enter the system when Speedfit pipe is being pushed through underfloor or across a roof space, must be removed.

During the commissioning of a heating system, all air must be removed from the system before the boiler is allowed to fire. This will ensure pockets of air do not cause localized overheating within the system as this could have a detrimental affect on the pipework and boiler.

For further advice on chemical flushing agents and inhibitor treatments, the following manufacturers should be contacted: Fernox Manufacturing Limited on 01799 550811 or Sentinel Betz Dearborn Limited on 0151 420 9595


Disinfection of Hot and Cold Water Systems

Speedfit can be disinfected with chlorine (sodium hypochlorite) after installation. Domestic systems are disinfected with a solution of chlorine with a concentration of 50ppm (mg/l) for one hour. The concentration should not be less that 30ppm at all draw off points after this time.

Other disinfection methods and chemicals (e.g. ozone and hydrogen peroxide) are now in common use. Only those specifically recommended as suitable for contact with plastic plumbing systems and, where necessary, employing specialist contractors may be used with Speedfit.

Disinfection solutions must only come into contact with the internal (wet) surfaces of the system. If any normally dry surfaces of a Speedfit fitting come into contact with disinfection solution the whole fitting must be replaced immediately. The disinfection solution must be immediately flushed out at all draw off points with fresh, wholesome water at the end of the disinfection period. The solution must not be left in the system.

Technical Advisory Service

The JG Speedfit Technical Advisory Service is available to assist and advise on all aspects of using the Speedfit system. The service is available between 8.00am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday on Telephone No. 01895 425333 and Fax No. 01895 425319. Products within this Online Guide are designed for use within UK plumbing and heating installations or in other countries where similar installation requirements apply. For more information on products suitable for use in other countries please consult our Technical Advisory Service.

We take pride in the quality of our products and all complaints are investigated thoroughly. If you have a problem with a Speedfit Product please return both fitting and pipe to us for investigation. We will need at least 50mm of pipe to ensure an accurate analysis. If there is a suspicion that the pipe is faulty, please provide marking details from the pipe.

Common Problems and Identification

Problem: Burst or melted pipe.

Pipe will be distorted showing either a 'Parrot beak' look or a long opening with the edges of the pipe melted in a wave shape.

Identification: A 'Parrot beak' will have been formed by the pipe bursting due to the water freezing. If the pipe has a melted appearance it will have been subject to a temperature in excess of 128 degrees Celsius. This will have been caused by direct contact with a heat source such as a blowtorch or flue pipe or by water or steam within the system rising above safety levels.

Problem: A fitting or part of a fitting dissolved - the fitting may have blown off the pipe and may have missing component parts.

Identification: The fitting will have failed because of a chemical attack. The most common attack is from acid based solder flux running down into the fitting during soldering of a nearby copper fitting or flux coming into contact with the fitting in some other way.

Problem: Weep from fitting

Identification: The pipe has not been fully inserted up to the pipe stop or one or both of the 'O' rings have been damaged by burrs or sharp edges on the end of the pipe. Please refer to our warnings in "How to Make a Connection".

Problem: The fitting has blown off the pipe. Fitting is missing the collet, the pipe insert is still inside the fitting after the pipe has come out.

Identification: If this happens on first fix, the most likely reason is that the pipe has not been fully inserted into the fitting, up to the pipe stop, and the system has not been pressure tested. If the collet (gripping device) is missing everything will blow out. If the collet is there and the pipe support is still inside the connector but the pipe has still blown out, this means that full insertion has not been accomplished.

 

Standards and Affiliations

Speedfit fittings and pipe are Kitemarked to BS7291 Parts 1 and 3

Speedfit PEX Fittings
and Barrier Pipe.
K24076, K24077 and K24078

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