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Old 11-02-2012, 07:56 AM   #1
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ANy body try on of these? or similar product?

http://www.garrettwade.com/pipe-mast...ol/p/04D01.02/


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Old 11-02-2012, 08:52 AM   #2
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Hmph. Seems like a pretty neat idea. Though playing with fire is one of the more fun parts of pipe work

I'm a little concerned that the tool goes so close to the joint. Seems like you could easily be melting the solder from the heat of the tool rather than the heat of the pipe, which means it won't flow into the joint (like if you are using a torch and aim the flame at the solder rather than heating the pipe first).
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Never have tried one of these, but in watching the video the heat is being applied to the wrong side of the connection, sweating a joint pulls the solder into the joint. Appears to be one of those things that someone who is not capable of doing a connection traditionally would buy and put on a shelf.

The first question I would have at 2200 Watts, how would that work with a bit of water in the pipe, like we all get when you are doing real life plumbing.

I don't think I would be willing to spend the $140 bucks to find out.

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I don't see that working well for hvac lines which are very high pressure compared to your everyday plumbing. I don't see them recommending it for hvac though, the video is only plumbing.
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Water in the pipe won't allow the joint to get hot enough...no matter what you do. The water has to be gone
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Water in the pipe won't allow the joint to get hot enough...no matter what you do. The water has to be gone
You are right that's why you stuff the pipe with bread, but, that being said would it work then, I doubt it. My point was more inline with soldering pipe after it has been used.

But thanks for the lesson, I don't know what I would have done had you not pointed that out.

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ANy body try on of these? or similar product?

http://www.garrettwade.com/pipe-mast...ol/p/04D01.02/


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Buy a torch
I have used an industrial version of this tool- worked really well but what else can you use it for? With a torch you can do all sorts of things and for at least half the cost. Everyone likes to play with fire
So you're leaning towards copper then?
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The only application I can think of where that tool may be preferred would be in environments where a flame shouldn't be introduced...a hospital where oxygen is being used or in a situation where vapors may be flammable, perhaps industrial sites. I would think those situations would be rare.
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The only application I can think of where that tool may be preferred would be in environments where a flame shouldn't be introduced...a hospital where oxygen is being used or in a situation where vapors may be flammable, perhaps industrial sites. I would think those situations would be rare.
"Propress" works good in those conditions. No smoke or fumes.
I was thinking about things likes wood burning pipe thawing or camping. Torches make good fire starters when you forget to pack the PVC glue.....
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