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The Different Pipe Fusion Methods

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When you have a long stretch of pipe that you need to fuse together, it's important to choose the right type of pipe fusion method in order for your project to be a success. At TRIC Tools, we're proud to be your go-to source of durable pipe fusion equipment. Read on to learn about three different pipe fusion methods that you could use for your upcoming project.

Butt Fusion

Butt fusion is the most common method of fusing HDPE pipes. It's a simple and straightforward process that provides lasting results. This process involves applying heat to the ends of pipes that are cleaned and prepared. Force is then applied to the pipe that is joining the one already in place. This is accomplished with butt fusion machine equipment.


Another way to fuse two segments of pipe is electrofusion. It's used in areas where butt fusion can't be performed such as the elbows, valves, and tees. This process uses prefabricated fittings. An electrical coil is inserted into the fitting and pipe and the heat delivered by the coil melts the two pieces together.

Socket Fusion

Socket fusion involves heating the spigot end of one pipe and the socket end of a fitting. It is accomplished with a fusion welding machine and works similarly to a butt fusion. Socket fusion is usually used in small pipes made of polyethylene or polypropylene. This process works for both medium- and high-density polyethylene pipes. It maintains the flexibility of the pipe, which is desirable in certain applications. The results of a socket fusion last as long as a butt fusion, making them a great choice for pipe fusion.

TRIC Tools is the trusted provider of pipe fusion equipment for all types of applications. Contact us today to learn more about the different products we offer.

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