- 14 Apr 2021
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On the flip side of that, copper prices have continued to rise and construction has always been about reduction of cost - so we now have crimped composite (metal/plastic) pipework for water and heating (although large diameter heating pipes are often still done in iron and steel - push fit is unreliable and has disappeared from big projects) with solvent weld for plastic wastes. These technologies are faster and more reliable than older methods but it means that modern plumbers need deep pockets to buy the crimpers whilst they still need to be able to braze copper, etc. Perhaps it's just the small works part of the trade which is being deskilled?...one way of saving money is to de skill a trade, ie push fit plastic plumbing could be fitted by Gonzo and only takes a fraction of the time required compared to a skilled plumber using copper and a bender.