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Geberit Mythbusters

Forget the myths, hear the facts

  • Geberit Myth No. 1

Myth: Pipe pressing doesn’t save much time

Geberit Mapress Fact: Besides delivering a fast leak-free seal, there’s no need to wait for it to cool down, adding an extra hour of pipe fitting productivity to your day.

In fact, it has been proven that one way to improve profitability is to switch from soldered and screwed joints on piping to pressing. Reducing time on site by around 35%compared with screwed steel pipework according to a recent BSRIA report, pressing presents a considerable saving, resulting in reduced overheads that could improve your profit margins, or be passed on to the customer. By speeding up your working practices, you may also be able to squeeze in more jobs, further improving your bank balance.

Little wonder then that Geberit Mapress is fast becoming the installation method of choice for installers looking for a speedy yet reliable turnaround on all types of projects. Simple to use and offering a much safer alternative to conventional pipework connection methods, Geberit Mapress is available in wide ranging materials and sizes, enabling it to be used across multiple applications.

Available in diameters from 12mm to 108mm, Geberit Mapress requires no adhesives, solvents or hot works, whilst the press-fit connections can be easily rotated into tight spaces, making the system ideal for use on retrofit projects and complex installations. The only tools needed to form a reliable, tight and durable connection are a cutter, deburrer and press tool.

Geberit Mapress may be the ideal choice for working at speed, but it never compromises on safety for the sake of saving time. That’s because the fittings are designed so that any connections not pressed during installation can be visibly detected during testing. The pressing indicator consists of a thin plastic foil encasing the pressing shoulder, which gives a visible indication of a pressed joint when the foil is removed during the pressing operation. Clearly marked with the fitting’s size, each indicator is colour coded according to material to further aid installation, with blue representing stainless steel, red for carbon steel, white for copper and black for CuNiFe.

To really get the most out of this press fitting system and to optimise on efficiency levels, Geberit provides free installer training. Held either on site, or at the company’s purpose-built Training Academy in Warwick, the training enables installers to get hands-on with Geberit Mapress so they can hit the ground running when back on site.

  • Geberit Myth No.2

Myth: Press fitting systems can’t be used for gas installations.

Geberit Mapress Fact:

Press fittings can be used for gas pipes so long as they are installed in line with manufacturers' instructions. Geberit Mapress Copper and Geberit Mapress Stainless Steel have all the necessary approvals for natural and liquified gases, as well as for several technical gases for industrial applications. It’s all you need to get your gas applications safely under control.

Soldering has long been the connection technique of choice when it comes to copper pipework installation, with installers being somewhat reluctant to move away from such a tried and trusted method. However, there are very good reasons why making the switch from traditional soldering techniques to press fitting is a good idea, not least the amount of time saved, as well as the convenience and safety benefits it offers. The good news is that Geberit Mapress Stainless Steel and Copper gas fittings have been approved for use by BSi, meaning they can be used for gas pipes.Geberit Mapress Stainless Steel Gas & Copper Gas have been checked and certified for gas installations according to the requirements of the following testing guidelines:· BSi prEN 1254-7· DVGW VP 614· ÖVGW G1 TR Gas (A)Geberit Mapress Stainless Steel Gas is available in sizes 15-108mm and should always be used with Geberit Mapress Stainless Steel gas system press fittings for natural and liquified gases. As it is HTB approved this can be laid on the wall as well as concealed in the wall. For technical gases, Geberit Mapress Stainless Steel silicone free pipe and fittings must be used.Geberit fittings for gas installation are marked with a yellow pressing indicator and yellow cap for clear differentiation. This seal rings inside the fitting, made of hydrogenated acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber (HNBR) ensures reliable sealing. Before installation the yellow protection cap on the fittings ensure they are free from dirt and debris and the Geberit pressing indicator also ensures additional safety as you can be sure what has and hasn’t been pressed, a feature that appears on all Geberit Mapress press fittings.Press fitting offers a flexible, durable and reliable piping system for all project types and generally requires far fewer tools. Press fittings are pressed on to the pipe by using a pressing tool, without the need for any soldering or adhesives. The absence of a working flame minimises the risk of damage to existing fittings and fixtures, making it the ideal choice for refurbishment projects and when installing gas supply lines in domestic situations.Due to the deformation of the pipe and fitting, press fit connections cannot be undone or tampered with, thus providing complete peace of mind, which of course is of particular importance with gas installations, where leaks cannot be visibly detected and fixing them can be time consuming and costly.With safety always a top priority and time of the essence for the busy installer, it’s good to know that this is one myth that has been well and truly busted.

  • Geberit Myth No.3

Myth: You have to use a spray to lubricate the fitting.

Geberit Mapress Fact: Not with Geberit Mapress - there’s no lubrication needed.

Using lubricants to help connect pipework fittings is often thought of as a necessary evil. They can be messy to apply and slow down the job, but impossible to do without. That’s not the case with Geberit Mapress, a press fitting system; no lubricants are required and you won’t be left in a sweat trying to secure the connection.

That’s because all Geberit components are designed to fit together perfectly for a completely integrated pipe system. So not only is no lubricant required, installers can also ditch the need to weld or solder too. In fact, the only tools needed to form a reliable, tight and durable connection are a cutter, deburrer and press tool. This means that secure connections can be made in half the time compared with conventional methods such as soldering. Connecting pipework in tight spaces is easier with this method too, making Geberit Mapress particularly suitable for retrofit projects and complex installations.

With Geberit Mapress, the pipe is pushed into the press fittings to the necessary insertion depth and then pressed using the pressing tool to achieve the required mechanical stability. The permanent hydraulic tightness is obtained through the resilience of the O-ring, with the established connection between the press fitting and pipe being permanent. The pressing tool, which has been specially designed to suit Geberit supply pipes, ensures a precise, simple and reliable pressing operation.

The absence of any lubricants not only means that there is less mess left behind, it also reduces health and safety risks that many installers may not even be aware of. Many such solutions are chemical based and therefore potentially harmful to your skin, not to mention your lungs if the fumes are breathed in.

Geberit Mapress is available in 4 materials (copper, stainless steel, carbon steel and CUNiFe) and in dimensions 12mm right up to 108mm. The pressing process reduces labour times considerably compared to traditional methods meaning costs are also reduced.

  • Geberit Myth No.4

Myth: The tools are too big and bulky to press smaller sizes and in tighter spaces.

Geberit Mapress Fact:

Of the all benefits offered by press fitting, the ability to press small sizes and complete jobs in tight spaces comes near the top of the list. Most plumbing projects include spots where workspace is tight, particularly when fitting pipework retrospectively, and there often isn’t much room for wielding a tool.

As more and more installers move away from traditional methods of pipe joining, such as soldering and welding, press-fit systems are becoming more prominent. Geberit Mapress tools are light and small enough, making them the perfect fit for tight areas.

It actually doesn’t matter what size of pipe you are connecting, Geberit Mapress is suitable for all pipe dimensions. That’s because the range extends from handy pressing tools for bathroom renovation to electrohydraulic tools for fast work progress on large building sites, rounded off with corresponding pressing jaws and collars. Compatibility 1 tools (ACO 102) can press 12-35mm. Compatibility 2 tools (ACO 203, ACO 203XL ECO 203, EFP 203) can press 12-66.7mm. Compatibility 3 tools (ECO 301) can press 12-108mm.

When working in a tight spot, Geberit Mapress is the ideal solution. Not only is it easier to make the connection, but you also do not have to worry about getting a hot works permit. This makes it the ideal solution for renovation and prefabrication projects.

Pressing is not just about tight spots though; using Geberit Mapress helps installers save time on each fitting, which frees them up to do more work on site and allows them to move on to their next project faster, maximising efficiency and keeping customers happy.