Ford pipe restraint products provide a fast, economical method of restraining water main connections, valves and hydrants. Available for PVC and ductile iron pipe, the complete Uni-Flange® line eliminates the need for expensive, time-consuming installation of concrete thrust blocks. No threading, welding, or grooving is necessary. It is ideal for projects that involve retro-fitting of existing piping systems. Pipe fabrication can be performed on site by using plain end pipe, a pipe cutter and a wrench.
Uni-Flange® adapters can be freely rotated before the flange bolts are inserted and tightened to facilitate bolt alignment with the facing flange. Unlike conventional threaded or welded flanges, these restraint adapters will permit pipe deflection during installation. Uni-Flange® products offer built-in end restraint. No tie rods or other forms of anchoring are necessary within normal working pressures.
When future maintenance is required on flanged equipment such as meters or valves, the Uni-Flange® product can be easily disassembled and moved back on the pipe. This facilitates removal of the flanged equipment. Threaded and welded flanges do not offer this feature.