In a plumbing setting, an offset refers to a deviation or change in direction of a pipe from its straight path. This change typically occurs to navigate around obstacles such as walls, beams, or other pipes. Offsets can be either horizontal or vertical, and they are often achieved using fittings such as elbows, bends, or couplings.

For example, if a plumbing pipe needs to bypass a structural beam, it may require an offset where the pipe deviates from its original path, travels horizontally or vertically to clear the obstacle, and then resumes its original direction. Proper measurement, calculation, and installation of offsets are crucial to ensure the efficient flow of water or waste through the plumbing system without causing leaks, blockages, or other issues.

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