Hot Tapping

What is Hot Tapping?

Hot tapping is also known as wet tapping. It is a way to tap into a water line while it is under pressure and add a line, drain the system or add a Thermowell or sensor. You place a hot tap service saddle or sleeve onto the line. You add a valve and test the connection under pressure with a hydrostatic pump. Then you place the hot tap machine onto the value through a water tight packing gland, open the valve and lower the cutter and retention pilot down until it touches the pipe. You then drill into the pipe manually or with an electric or air driven unit that cuts a hole in the pipe. The retention pipe grabs the cut out coupon so it doesn’t fall down into the pipe where it could cause a problem down he line. You then retract the cutter and pilot up into the hot tap machine, close the valve and you have completed a hot tap.

Hot Tapping (aka Wet Tap / Dry Tap): A plumber can expand their business by adding hot tapping to their services. With the addition of an inexpensive portable hot tap machine you will be able to tap into ¾” thru 2.00” water lines. Hot tapping allows you to eliminate draining the system and shut-downs while adding in an extra line or drain point while the line is “hot”. This allows for small commercial plumbing jobs to become a reality in strip malls, hotels, institutions, and more.

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Information and Specs on the PowerSeal SS 3425 SS/ PVC Hot Tap Sleeve

PipeMan Products, Inc. - 3425 PowerSeal Stainless Steel/ PVC Sleeve

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  • PowerSeal 3425 All Stainless Steel Hot Tap Sleeve – MIP Outlet
  • Recommended For: Copper, Steel and PVC Pipe
  • Special Formulated GorillaGrip™ Gasket made just for PipeMan Products!


  • Size-on-size: 3/4 dia x 3/4 MIP, 2.00″ dia x 2.00″ MIP etc. to 4.00″ dia x 4.00″ MIP
  • Most sizes in stock from 3/4 dia x 3/4 MIP to 8.00″ dia x 3.00″ MIP
  • Suitable for Air, Sewer, & Gas applications (Air limited to 30 psi)
  • Unique GorillaGrip™ Buna-N Waffle Gasket Design Rated -40° to 180° F bursts to 212° F
  • 8″ width most sizes with 12″ width for 3×3, 4×3, 4×4, 6×4 and 8×4 sizes
  • No electrolysis on Copper Pipes
  • Special orders for NPT outlet, 1/2″ outlet, other sizes and Ductile Iron/Stainless Steel tube OD

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