Navigating Between Mechanical vs Pneumatic Plugs

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When it comes to leak or bypass testing, or the crucial task of inspecting pipes, the choice of reliable pipeline plugs can’t be taken lightly. PrimeLine Products offers both pneumatic and mechanical plugs, catering to a diverse range of projects and field conditions.

Consider the Application

Before selecting a plug for your project, it’s crucial to assess the application. For short-term needs, such as pipe testing, the precision and accuracy offered by a pneumatic plug are invaluable. Opt for a pneumatic plug when tests extend from a few hours to a few days. However, if your project demands a plug to remain in place for months or even years, mechanical pipeline plugs are the ideal choice.

Installation and Removal Methods

The installation and removal of plugs vary between mechanical and pneumatic options. A mechanical plug requires straightforward hand tightening, without the need for additional accessories. In contrast, inserting pneumatic plugs into pipes necessitates the use of an air pump for inflation. PrimeLine Products offers both hand-operated and powered pumps to facilitate the inflation process.

Consider Pipe Size

Mechanical plugs are designed to fit into a specific pipe size, requiring accurate measurements of the pipe’s diameter to ensure a snug seal against air and moisture intrusion. PrimeLine Products stocks mechanical plugs that accommodate a wide range of sizes in residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal pipelines. In situations where obtaining precise measurements is challenging, pneumatic plugs paired with our pipeline plug tools offer flexibility, accommodating various pipe diameters.

Explore Our Online Store

Choosing between mechanical and pneumatic plugs may pose a challenge. Head over to our online store to explore our comprehensive selection. Our customer care team is also readily available for product guidance, ensuring you make an informed decision tailored to your project’s needs.

For more information or to place an order, Talk to us today at PrimeLine Products–your trusted partner in pipeline solutions!



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