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Old 05-27-2012, 05:10 PM   #1
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ACE Hardware- thin type L copper pipes?


I normally buy copper from Home Depot, but today I ran into ACE (which is closer) to pick up 20ft of type L pipe for a bathroom remodel I'm working on. When I got home and made my first cut I noticed that it went a lot quicker than normal. Sure enough, upon inspection the ACE hardware copper pipe has substantially thinner walls than the Home Depot type L pipe.

Should I be concerned about this? I know the difference between type M and type L is just wall thickness, so I haven't installed anything yet.

Am I being overly cautious or has anyone else had experience with these pipes from ACE Hardware?

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I normally buy copper from Home Depot, but today I ran into ACE (which is closer) to pick up 20ft of type L pipe for a bathroom remodel I'm working on. When I got home and made my first cut I noticed that it went a lot quicker than normal. Sure enough, upon inspection the ACE hardware copper pipe has substantially thinner walls than the Home Depot type L pipe.

Should I be concerned about this? I know the difference between type M and type L is just wall thickness, so I haven't installed anything yet.

Am I being overly cautious or has anyone else had experience with these pipes from ACE Hardware?
Are you sure it has blue lettering on it?

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Are you sure it has blue lettering on it?
The pipe from ACE hardware has neither Blue (Type L) nor Red (Type M) lettering on it. However, the lettering that is on it does say Type L
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It's medium walled tubing and will work fine.
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Around here we normally use type L for commercial jobs and M for residential work.
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Lucky you---Type L for all residential in this area--
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If local 16 had it their way we'd still be using cast iron with oakum/lead joints and galvanized steel water lines in residential work,sounds kind of like chicago!
Anyway we get away with type M for residential but we can also use cpvc,but no pex because they say the chlorine in water hurts the pipes but they can use it in bellevue right next door who uses same water supplier!
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Half my house is done with L (when the original owners repiped)...most of the stuff I did using M.

The advice I got from a plumber...use L if the pipe is going to be exposed to any kind of abuse....as in outside or at the end of a hand valve. M is fine if it's up inside a wall where it is protected.

M also sweats a lot quicker.

Mike....if you payed for L but you think you have M...take it back. If you have some spare L with the blue stripe on it...you might want to take it as well to show them that your being cheated.
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TYPES OF PIPE

Copper K Thickest

Copper L Medium

Copper M Thinest Residential water use

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