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Subject: Direction of Flow Through Unions, Etc.

Question:

In flexible steel hose  / steel loops / unions ..... Is there a proper or recommended direction of flow ..... If so ..... Why?

Answer:

Unions, swivel joints, etc., do not have a preferred direction of flow. The common practice of using male to male or female to female union connecting subs gives certain confirmation.

If lines run vertical, best practice always has the male union half turned down so that the nut will hang in place on the male half with the union disconnected.

To properly understand Male and Female terms as used to identify union halves, See: How to Identify Male and Female Union Halves.

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