PVC Tee / Valve Cover
Brand : Proto / JM
- Unit Of Measure:
- Each (with Fiberglass Insert)
White PVC Tee / Valve Cover for creating a clean and professional appearance on all pipe tee intersections and valve covers. The top part of the tee / valve cover is solid which allows reducing to a smaller pipe on the top or allowing just the valve stem to stick up outside the cover. Simply cut the top part of the cover to the outside diameter of the smaller pipe or valve stem with a pair of scissors.
1.) Use serrated stainless steel King Tacks which are pressed through the overlapping pieces of the fitting cover and will hold them securely. (Steam, Hot Water, etc)
2.) Use PVC Vinyl Z-Tape to seal the fitting cover to the fiberglass pipe insulation. (Cold Water, Chilled Liquid, etc)
3.) Use Proto One PVC Adhesive to glue the seams of the fitting cover. (Exterior Piping, USDA, Washdown Area, etc)
*Tacks, Vinyl Tape, and Adhesive are sold separately.
*PVC Tee / Valve Covers are available in 13 high gloss Colors!
Use the link below to view the PVC Size Chart to see what size PVC Tee / Valve Cover you need. The PVC Fitting Size is based on both the size of the pipe and the thickness of the insulation.
PVC SIZE CHARTS
VIDEO: HOW TO INSTALL A PVC TEE / VALVE FITTING COVER
*Example: You have a main steam supply pipe that is 2" Iron with 1" thick pipe insulation (2 x 1). The supply pipe then has branches that go to 1-1/4" pipe what you are insulating with 1" thick insulation as well (1-1/4 x 1). The size of tee covers to order is based on the 2" Iron pipe (2 x 1 = #11). You would then cut the closed top of the tee to fit the 1-1/4 x 1 pipe insulation on each tee.
I found this product to work great. I especially found Bill to be very helpful with my order in the review and delivery.I installed the insulation on a new steam boiler and it was easy to use, with tacks and tape. When the pipe is reduced, i would use the same insulation at the tee or elbow and reduce with the insulation and tape over it. You have to plan your own job, but the product was great as was the service.
Headline says it all.
Quality product that installs very easy and looks like a pro installed it.
I've not finished the project, but have installed enough of these to get a feel for the procedure. And it's normally a pain. The insulation has to be cut to fit, and then the plastic cover has to be cut to fit. Sometimes this is easy, like when running a T with the same pipe diameter, and other times it is a real PITA when it runs into an elbow or other PVC product. These old houses sure didn't consider that the insulation would ever get switched out. Also noticed that the mold for the product is uneven, so there are thin and thick parts to the PVC, making it a little more exciting for folks using a box knife to trim the edges.
*Bill, sorry to hear about the trouble with installing on reducers and close to 90°s. A little effort now will pay off with good looks for decades to come! ~ BIP
Kind of difficult to install especially when tee is reduced to a smaller pipe because you would have to cut the hole to size.
Tacks were a little frustrating because wearing gloves, the tacks were small and difficult to insert. Even when inserting tacks prior to fitting cover on pipe. The tacks would puncture the PVC cover and create a crack in the cover, though that would be my recommended method of inserting tacks.
After having said that, it is a a great item because it gives it a good looking product at the end and it is easier to use than other methods such as cutting into insulation or wrapping around the fittings.
The PVC pipe covers look so much neater and cleaner than the old method! Makes the basement room feel clean and finished. Quick and easy to install. I'll be purchasing more for the rest of the basement.
Easy to install and fits properly
These covers are the perfect thing to finish out the insulation of the pipes. They give it a nice professional appearance and its a lot quicker and easier than cutting 45's in the insulation. Worth every penny.
Easy to install. Fit very well. Came with alot of insulation. Recommend buying the special pins to secure the cover.
I have a number of T joints that step down to a smaller pipe size from the main steam pipe.
I liked having the ability to cut out the correct opening size of the pipe that is connected to the main pipe.
I appreciated that I was supplied with more than enough insulation batting to cover any situation.
The final result looks much better when the connections are all covered.
I highly recommend investing in covers for your fittings.
My local store doesn't sell these tees only the elbow covers. I found your store and was able to size out and purchase all the tees I needed for my current job. The tees came quickly and fit perfectly. Phone support is also great as they helped with sizing for copper tubes.
Works nicely, fairly easy to install, and leads to a clean appearance on the pipes. If it is possible, my only suggestion would be to form the PVC so it naturally springs closed a little more (the PVC elbows do this better than the tees) which would make installation easier with the loose piece of fiberglass provided.
The suggestion in one of the excellent videos on this site of putting in the tacks on one side before wrapping around the pipe was a good one. I found it difficult to push them through that first time when wearing gloves since the King tacks are quite small- a trick I used is to put the tack point-up on a table and push the PVC layer down onto it.
*Joe, great advice on pushing the King Tacks into the PVC on a table! ~BIP