John Brady
John Brady

John Brady owns Standard of New England with his wife, Julie. He started the business in 1996 when the opportunity to purchase a failing company and turn it around presented itself. First learning about piping systems on board U.S. Coast Guard Cutters, and then at a very well-respected supplier in the Boston area, John jumped into his new business ready to learn and grow. He enjoys sharing what he has learned over the years with engineering teams, estimators, maintenance managers, pipe fitters, procurement departments, and project managers across a wide range of industries in need of complex, high-energy piping systems. Born in Boston, John now lives in the beautiful Seacoast region of New Hampshire with Julie and their three dogs: Rosalie, Emma, and Jasmine.

A Story About Pipe: Schedule 80 & Extra Heavy

industry knowledge

Mechanical Contractor, “Awesome Construction Company,” put out a bid for 1,000 feet of steel pipe.  The low-bidder, “ZZZ Supply,” was awarded the order (names have been changed, but the incident is real).   The pipe was purchased, delivered on time, and the job was completed on budget.  Sounds like another great success story!  Unfortunately, what came next may (or may not) surprise you.  The whole job had to be torn down and reinstalled!  Why?  What happened?

Industry Knowledge

Here’s a hint:  Take a look at our  Pipe Chart and review how to read it.  When talking about steel pipe and pipe fittings it is often assumed that Schedule 40 and standard weight are the same thing.  It is also often assumed that schedule 80 and extra heavy weight are the same thing.  However, these assumptions are incorrect and can lead to disaster on the jobsite. 

Unfortunately, ZZZ Supply did not understand that schedule 80 is not the same thing as extra heavy when pipe sizes are above 8-inches, so they quoted Awesome Construction Company the wrong pipe.  Awesome Construction Company bought and installed the incorrect pipe.  They had to take the complete piping system apart, buy new material, and reinstall the job.  Of course, this cost Awesome Construction Company a lot of extra money and ruined their confidence in ZZZ Supply.

Do you have confidence in your suppliers?  Ask if your supplier has the industry knowledge to support your jobs.  Will they take shortcuts by making assumptions?  Or will they ask questions to clarify, verify, and get it right?  In short, do they have your back?

Our customers may not always know the differences between schedule 80 and true schedule 80, and that’s okay because we do.   It’s our habit to ask questions so that our customers’ jobs run as smoothly and economically as possible.

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