What Is the Difference between a Male and Female Pipe Fitting?
Oftentimes, in order to get a secure and strong connection between the fittings and pipes being used, you will need them to be threaded. The threading allows you to create a strong bond while connecting a brass plumbing fitting. These threaded fittings will be marked with either an “M” or “F”, which stands for male or female.
The Male fitting has threading on the outside to screw into another fitting or pipe.
The Female fitting has the threads on the inside to screw onto another brass fitting or pipe.
Occasionally, some fittings have both Male and Female threading on opposite sides. This allows for connecting different pipes and pieces easily. The Male and Female distinction is made to enhance safety and proper functioning.