Copro Frequently Asked Questions

Materials

Q: What material are COPRO™ fittings made of?

A: The fittings are a forged brass (ASTM B-283), the gripping ring is made of 316 stainless steel, and the o-ring is EPDM pre-lubed with an NSF-61 approved lubricant.

Joining Tubing

Q: Do I need to prep the ends differently than a solder joint?

A: As with sweat copper fittings, the tube must be chamfered, deburred and reamed. COPRO™ recommends the Quick Fitting , Inc. Prep Tool to chamfer, deburr and ream tube ends. These steps are essential to ensure the proper connection of your COPRO™ push-to-connect system. Also, be sure to draw an inspector’s mark on the tube to let the installer know when the tube has been inserted far enough.

Q: What types of tubing can COPRO™ be used on?

A: COPRO™ is ideal for use with copper and stainless steel. Consult factory for use with CPVC and PEX.

Installing, Testing and Flushing Your COPRO™ System

Q: What have COPRO™ fittings been tested to?

A: COPRO™ fittings have been tested to 900 psi at 200 °F, giving it a safety factor of over 4 to 1. The burst pressure is over 1,500 psi.

Q: What support hanger spacing must I use with my COPRO™ System?

A: Support is identical to a sweat system and should adhere to local codes. Always fully support heavy loads on your COPRO™ System.

Q: How do I test my COPRO™ System?

A: Pressure-test the same as you would with a copper sweat system. Normal testing at 1 ½ times is permitted even up to 300 psi.

Q: Do I need to lubricate the joint when installing?

A: No. Engineered seals come factory-lubricated with an NSF-61 approved lubricant.

Q: Do I still have to flush my system?

A: Yes, but the system will be cleaner and faster to flush since there is no solder or flux.

Q: Is testing of my COPRO™ System the same as testing a copper system?

A: Yes, COPRO™ is tested the same way as a sweat copper system.

Adapting Your COPRO™ System to Other Systems

Q: Are valves and specialty items available for my COPRO™ push-to-connect System?

A: Yes, please see our product catalog for more information.

Q: Can I use my own valves?

A: Yes, with two COPRO™ male threaded connectors.

Q: Can my COPRO™ System connect with existing threaded systems?.

A: Yes, with the use of a COPRO™ male threaded connector

Q: Can I solder directly into a COPRO™ push-to-connect fitting or valve?

A: No

COPRO™ Standards and Approvals

Q: Is the COPRO™ System NSF-61 approved?

A: Yes.

Q: What approvals does COPRO™ have?

A: Manufactured by the world’s originator and largest producer of push-to-connect fittings, COPRO™ is certified to NSF-61. Additional certifications include: British: BS EN 1294/BS 864 Part 2: Copper and copper alloys: Copper fittings, British: WRAS approval, Netherlands: NF-EN 1254-1, German: DVGW GW 8.

COPRO™ Uses and Restrictions

Q: Are “pressure drops” and “friction loss” the same for a COPRO™ System and a copper sweat system?

A: COPRO™ fittings are full bore fittings offering superior flow characteristics. The pressure drops and friction loss are very similar to sweat copper fittings.

Q: Can I rotate my COPRO™ push-to-connect fittings?

A: Yes, the fittings can be rotated 360 degrees while the system is not under pressure.

Q: Can my COPRO™ System be installed on wet or dry tube?

A: Yes. COPRO™ fittings install on wet or dry tube. However, you should always depressurize your system before installing COPRO™ products.

COPRO™ Temperature and Pressure Ratings

Q: What working temperature/pressure is the COPRO™ System rated for?

A: 180 °F and 200 PSI