Your small, hometown-attitude company Keith Specialty Store 6791 Rt 119 Hwy N, Marion Center, PA 15759 US callers: 800-705-8838 FAX: 724-397-2228 Outside the US: 724-397-8838 8:00am-6:00pm M-F, 8:00am-3:00pm Sat. (ET)
COVID-19 Update: (April 1, 2020) PA Governor Tom Wolf has just announced the entire state is on a "Shelter at Home" order. We will still be open to serve our customers; however, beginning Tuesday morning customers will not be allowed in the store. We will handle all business in the parking area. Please call ahead and pay by card if possible. You may call from the parking lot or just beep your horn. You may also have your order shipped to you by placing your order here. We apologize for any inconvenience. God bless and stay well!
All regular stock insert fittings are on this page. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more information and installation tips.
Always verify requirements with your water supplier.
PVC fittings are gray color. Nylon fittings are a somewhat translucent white color and generally more durable. PVC, nylon and brass are suitable for most potable, cold water supplies and pressures. PVC, nylon and stainless steel fittings are lead-free. Brass fittings are not lead-free unless so stated in the description for the specific item. Galvanized steel is also suitable, but will corrode in some environments.
Each insert end has "barbs" or ridges which are angled to allow the barbed end to insert into the tubing but resist retraction. They also provide a surface against which hose clamps can compress the tubing to form a tight seal. Hose clamps (usually one or two per insert) are used to secure the fitting inside the line or tubing.
Tip: To facilitate inserting fittings, immerse the pipe in hot water to soften it slightly. Do not use any lubricant other than water. To remove insert fittings, use hot water or a heat gun to heat waterline gently until it is just hot enough (about 150-185°F) to allow it to stretch a little.
Tip: Slide two pipe clamps facing in opposite directions over the waterline end before inserting the fitting. After inserting the fitting, position clamps side-by-side but 180° out of alignment. Tensioning screws will face in the same direction but on opposite sides of the pipe. Tighten clamps while pipe is still warm. Do not over-torque.