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Copper is used for the pipes that supply water and gas in your home.
Copper piping can easily be bent into shape and sections of pipe can be joined together either by soldering or with push-fit and press fittings.
Brass picture wire has been used for centuries. The wire is flexible, strong and attractive.
In fact, over half the copper produced is used in the electrical industry.
|3 pin plugs|
The pins of a plug are made of brass.
This is because it is hard, strong, conducts electricity well and makes good electrical contact which lasts a long time.
Brass is used to make the caps for high quality light bulbs.
This is because it can be shaped easily, it doesnt corrode and it maintains good electrical contact.
Copper wires are used in the motor windings of equipment like vacuum cleaners.
Also, brass wire forms part of the electrical system operating the cord retraction mechanism.
Copper alloys are used in the wiring and the electronics inside telephones and other electrical equipment.
The telephone wires that connect to your home are also made of copper, because it conducts electricity well.
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Copper is ideal for making cooking pans, as it is strong, it conducts heat well, and it does not corrode.
Copper is also hygienic for use in the kitchen (e.g. on work surfaces), because it restricts the spread of microorganisms.
Because brass is strong and resists wear, it is an ideal material for making locks and keys.
Brass can easily be used to make decorative items such as lamps.
This is because it is ductile that means it can be shaped easily and has a good surface finish.
Many parts of clocks are often made of brass.
Brass is strong, resists wear and can be cut and formed easily to make precision parts.
Coins are made from alloys of copper; copper coins have been around for thousands of years.
Computers have copper wiring and copper connections in their circuit boards. There are also transformers and fan motors with copper wires.
Copper provides a light, durable, maintenance free roofing system which is naturally good looking, long lasting and fully recyclable.
One possible material for gutters is copper. It is light, durable, maintenance free and fully recyclable.
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Hot water cylinders are made from copper due to its excellent resistance to corrosion and its ductility.
Copper's high thermal conductivity makes it ideal for the coiled heat exchanger inside the cylinder. The cylinder itself has to be lagged to reduce heat loss.
Electrical flex has copper wires to conduct the electric current. The wires are braided so that the cable can bend without cracking.
The electrical cables in the wall are made from thick pieces of copper wire. They don't have to be as flexible but must carry large currents without overheating.
Copper in the home