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So I'm making a custom fitting. I have searched everywhere for what I need and can't find it in a cost effective manor. My buddy owns a machine shop and said what I want to do is possible so I'm already set on this idea. My question is what type of pipe should I use? Steel will rust too easily. Copper bends to easily to make the fitting. My buddy says Stainless is too hard to make a fitting out of with his machines. So my buddy is suggesting brass. Are there any other options or things i should know before starting in regards to the type of metal? Will brass damage anything in the loop?
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Fittings from Bitspower and others are painted brass. I don't know what copper/zinc ratio they use though.
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most places that build small things will make them out of brass then plate them.
also brass is pretty durable, lots of door parts are made of brass.
i think B8 is said to be more durable but i've never spent the time to look into it.

i would stick with what your buddy says, after all he does work in a metal shop and if he leads you wrong, then you'll be able to chew his ear off.

with any product, you want to run it threw as many tests as you can to check the durability and ease of use. so once you give it severe abuse testing you'll know if it "exceeds durability" for consumers.
back to the plating it. make sure you do plate it or powder coat it. some people may actually want the brass look, but i personally would rather have a polished, pitted, or gloss look in silver or gunmetal.
by pitted i mean how you sand metal and it has a look of small bumps.. i'm sure theres a technical term for it.
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