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Old 11-18-2011, 12:28 PM   #1
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It's time to start sweating copper pipes in my bathroom addition project. Do you guys like the torches with the hose? Or no hose?

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I don't have the hose, but I can see where it might be useful in some situations.

just be sure and go with the Mapp gas unit.

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Hoses can be very handy for difficult to reach places, but IMO, for most of us, a tank mounted torch works fine. Depends what I am doing, but a lot of times a 5-gallon bucket is my tool box; I will grab one of these from that box, a pair of those from that box, a roll of solder from there, some flux, etc. toss it in the bucket, so that I have what I need, without having to carry a bunch of things that I don't need, and a fixed head torch is easy to slip in there as well.
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X2 on the Mapp gas. Much better and faster than plain butane. I also have an air/acety hose torch but for most copper plumbing I find myself reaching for the Mapp gas bottle torch. Get one with the built-in push button lighter.
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For work around the house I'd go without a hose. Some of our houses are crawlers. When your dragging fittings and tools while on your knees, a hose just gets in the way. Same is true when your on a ladder. You have to worry about the hose dangling.
I'd be more concerned about the torch head itself. Buy the best you can afford and treat it gently.
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Old 11-18-2011, 05:11 PM   #6
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Thanks, all. I went with the top of the line Bernzomatic, no hose, from the Big Orange Box.
Next step, figure out a plan. Then start cutting and sweating. I'm sure I'll have plenty more questions as I go.

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