How do I choose the right bracket distance?

It seems so simple to install pipes in an efficient manner. But because the conditions and facilities for each project differ greatly, there is always a new puzzle to solve. One system uses plastic pipes while the other requires copper or steel.
bracket_distanceOr even a combination of materials. Efficient installing of tubes obviously also depends on the costs involved. Therefore, we advise you to take note of the following!

Installers Strive for the Most Efficient Installation Procedures

What are the rules to determine the distance between the brackets? There are no real guidelines or standards in the engineering sector (especially the W-branch). This means that you as an installer have a degree of freedom. A pitfall of this freedom is that the bracket distance is sometimes made too wide. This can mean, especially with plastic pipes, that the pipes start to bend or sag. Something you definitely do not want to happen to a waste pipe!

An efficient way of installing is to combine multiple pipes with different diameters and materials in one support. As a rule of thumb the pipes with the shortest bracket distance (by diameter or material) determine the distance used.

But what is the maximum bracket distance?

The Maximum Bracket Distance (according to manufacturers)bracket-distance

The pipe and tube manufacturers almost always give a maximum permissible bracket (installing) distance. This distance is determined by the combination of the material of which the pipe is made of and on the diameter (larger diameter, stiffer tube) it concerns. There are many tables on the internet that illustrate this.

With steel pipes the bracket distance is permissible to 20′. In practice, you rarely see this. An exception to this rule are long straight sections, because it is not practical to hang up a 20′ tube in one go. The handling by installers/technicians is in this case a bottleneck.

Another major point is that you have to calculate the weight of the 20′ tube on the two brackets. This leads to heavy brackets and anchorages. In short, it is very difficult to have the correct bracket distance shown in table form.

For the Best Solutions, Talk to Our Experts!

As an installer, you are ultimately responsible for determining the appropriate bracket distance. You can do this based on your own experience or through reading the manufacturer’s documentation. You can also contact Walraven and consult with our experts.

Together with our experts, you can determine the most efficient (and economical) way of installing. The way you work, in conjunction with the maximum extent permitted in terms of the materials to be used, are in this case leading.

We have the knowledge and experience to help you with all of your installation questions. Our experts calculate the ideal distance for your project. Please call us at 800-610-5056 for customized advice.

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