The Hot Tap Tools make it possible to add new service connections to live water or gas mains while keeping existing services up and running. The Hot Tap Tool is fused to a ball valve assembly, which is fused to a saddle fitting on the opposite side; safety chains are not required.
A specially designed cutter pushes through the ball valve and drills through the branch saddle and into the main line. The cutter completely contains and retracts the coupon and pipe shavings from the main line to keep it free of contamination. The gland fitting of the tool is sealed preventing leakage around the cutter shaft and test valve. As the tool is removed the ball valve is closed and a pressure relief valve is used to release gas or water pressure from the assembly.
The Test Caps are now available to pressure test polyethylene and polypropylene pipe in 32mm to 63mm sizes. They can be installed quickly and reused at any stage of the project. They provide a positive o-ring seal and are pressure rated to 165 psi (11.4 bar). Caps are made of corrosion-resistant material and are durable in construction; only one cap is required per pipe size. A lanyard is included to hold the test cap in place for added operator safety.