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Old 08-20-2011, 10:30 PM   #1
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Down to the Wire

Coming down to the wire on this house deal. All contingencies have
been removed, and I have sent all the money to the escrow. We go on record Monday or Tuesday.

Getting ready to loosen those purse strings..... Not quite yet though. I did order some JB Schrader valve cores and caps. Plan to put all of that stuff new.

Bought some 3/8 couplings at the HVAC store and spent an afternoon practicing brazing. First one was a little iffy - melted a bit off the coupling. Then I dialed it in with a little tiny flame, and the rest went fine.

I did have some doubt about getting good capillary action - the silfoss 15 seems rather "gooey". So I hacksawed one apart diagonally. Hard to tell - the copper sort of smushed around - but it seemed plenty solid.

I ordered an Appion valve core remover with a side access port - it's not the cheapest, but they claim it's "vacuum rated". Also a swaging kit. Figure that will eliminate half of the brazed joints. A coupling = 2 brazed joints - with a swage, only one.

Got a whole list of things to order. My trigger finger is getting itchy...

- JerryK


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Old 08-21-2011, 08:00 AM   #2
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Braze doesn't need to be drawn into a fitting all the way like solder.


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