Metal or Plastic Pipes – Which Are Best?

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If the time has come to remodel your home plumbing system, or you are building a new home, an important decision is choosing between plastic or metal piping. How do you make the choice between the many options available? Some factors to keep in mind while making your decision are: cost; health and environmental concerns; and, if replacing part of a plumbing system, what type of pipes are already installed.

Metal Pipes

Copper pipes are the most popular type for new homes. They are less likely to leak, recyclable, long-lasting, and heat-tolerant. The biggest drawback of copper is its high price – although some might say the price is worth the quality! If your water is highly acidic, this can corrode copper over time. They can also be difficult to install, making it less likely this could be a DIY project.

Older homes can have some other varieties of metal pipes. Galvanized pipes are sometimes found in homes built before 1980. These are very heavy and may contain lead which can be released into your water if the pipe corrodes. They can cause other problems such as frequent line clogs and discolored water as they age. If your home is older and has galvanized pipes, it could be time to consider replacing them.

Less often used types include stainless steel pipes, which are high quality and strong, but even more expensive than copper; and cast iron pipes, which are durable, if somewhat bulky, and join well with PVC pipes for a mixed pipe system.

Plastic Pipes

Plastic piping is a modern choice that is relatively inexpensive and light. They do not rust or corrode over time in the way metal does. Plastic is easier to work with for those who want to attempt DIY plumbing projects at home. There are several types of plastic pipes commonly used in residential plumbing.

The most commonly used kind of plastic pipe is PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride Pipes). PVC is popular for bathrooms and vents. It is good at handling high water pressure, and shares the other upsides of plastic. The downsides of PVC pipes, however, are several. It can have difficulty with handling extremely hot water, warping over time. Some people feel PVC pipe gives water a plastic taste.

PEX pipes are another commonly used form of piping. The main benefit of these pipes is that they are very versatile to use in tight spaces where one needs to work with a small wall space or tight turns – or if one needs a long length of pipe. They are also heat-resistant, unlike PVC pipe, and can be retrofitted to work with other pre-existing pipes in the home. There do seem to be some environmental concerns regarding PEX pipes, although they are approved in many areas.

Less well-known forms of plastic pipes include PB pipes, which can be used as a cheap replacement for damaged copper pipe, but are of low quality; and HDPE pipes, which are flexible and durable, giving them a wide application of plumbing uses.


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English Translation by Ramesh Krishnakumar to the soul stirring rendering by the legendary carnatic singer M.S.Subbulakshmi, , this great composition by Jagat Guru Sankaracharya,a Hindu saint, who lived in 800 AD

English Translation

Bhajagovindam bhajagovindam
.. O, Worship Govinda, O worship Govinda…..

Govindam bhaja muudhamadhe
…Let Govinda be the object of your worship… O ignorant one….

Bhajagovindam bhajagovindam
O, Worship Govinda, Worship Govinda

govindam bhajamuudhamate .
…Let Govinda be the object of your worship… O ignorant one….

sampraapte sannihite kaale
… regain real happiness at least at the end of your time (death)….

nahi nahi rakshati dukrijnkarane
….your knowledge of grammar will not save you….

mudha jahiihi dhana agama trishhnaam
…O foolish one, give up your craving to amass wealth….

kuru sadbuddhim manasi vi trishhnaam.
… Be desirous in your mind to act with good sense …..

yallabhase nija karmo paattam
… whatever you obtain by your duty. ….

vittam tena vinodaya chittam
… be content with that earning. ….

yaavad vitto paar jana saktah
… as long as one is earning and is healthy…..

staavan nija parivaaro raktah
… he will be supported the family…..

Pashcha ajjiivati jarjara dehe
… but later when one is without earnings and old in the body …..

vaartaam koapi na prichchhati gehe
… there may be none to even enquire in the house…..

bhagavad giitaa kijnchid adhiitaa
… study a portion from the Bhagavad Gita as a least …..

gangaa jalalava kanikaa piitaa
… drink a drop of the ganga water …..

sakridapi yena muraari samarchaa
… worship Lord Krishna (Murari) even once …..

kriyate tasya yamena na charchaa
… then the Lord of death will not have an argument about you …..

punarapi jananam punarapi maranam
… there is, birth again and again, there is, death again and again …..

punarapi jananii jathare shayanam
… one has to lay in a mother’s womb, again and again …..

iha samsaare bahudu staare
… one has to struggle in this ocean of life …..

Kripayaa apaare paahi muraare
… Protect me with boundless compassion, O Krishna,…..

artham anartham bhaavaya nityam
… Remember that wealth seeking is always purposeless…..

naastitatah sukha leshah satyam
… the truth is that one cannot derive sustained happiness from it…..

putraadapi dhana bhaajaam bhiitih
… ones who are after money even fear their sons…..

sarvatra ishhaa vihiaa riitih
… that is the way of wealth always…..


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