Camco Dielectric Nipples

When two dissimilar metals are used for water heater inlet and outlet hook-ups (i.e., copper piping to steel tank of the heater), the connection must be protected from galvanic corrosion of the threads, which will cause leaking. Dielectric nipples are provided with a thermoplastic lining for this purpose. Use only dielectric fittings or dielectric heat traps and connectors when installing a water heater.

The Camco Dielectric Nipples features:.
Thermoplastic lining prevents corrosion
3/4" NPT x 3/4" NPT x 2-1/2" Length
Camco Dielectric Nipples
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Ron Anderson
These nipples provide no usefull purpose at all. The water has an electrical path through the center of the nipple and is in contact with the inside of the copper tubing on one end of the nipple and is also in contact with the inside of the steel pipe or steel water heaterat the other. At one end of this nipple there is a hard thread to thread connection of steel to copper and the electrical path would now be complete. If the water is acidic or salty it attacks the less noble metal (the steel), pure distilled water is an insulator and would not allow current flow. The plastic liner in the nipple doesn't insulate anything because the water is touching both pipes at the end of the nipple.
Posted at 12:18:am 02/01/15
These Dielectric Nipples Work Perfectly
The nipple is not designed to prevent dissimilar metals from making contact. That is not what causes electrolysis. The plastic liner within the nipple prevents WATER from making contact to ONE of the dissimilar metals (steel nipple) thereby preventing flow of current from one dissimilar metal to the other.


Posted at 5:53:am 12/22/14