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Old 04-22-2013, 11:29 PM   #31
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How long after soldering copper fitting do you need to wait B4 you can run water thru


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I've talked to plumbers who hate them and are positive that they are satanic.
Have you thought about why they think they are satanic, ask him how many service call he averaged before and after they came out, I use the a lot in tight spaces if I can't sweat it

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IMO- lack of properly located heat or simply lack of heat is the #1 reason solder joints fail.
For over 2 decades I have soldered pipe ranging from 1/2"- 4".
I have been involved in unscientific "what if" tests and have decided that some steps people say are needed to solder don't always apply.
But 4 things are required- Clean material, flux, solder and heat.
The rest is a matter of opinion, preferences and jobsite conditions

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Allow me to stress....clean.....

I've pulled apart of a couple of my solder joints that failed, from what I can tell, the failure was 'clean'...second was heat...caused by water being in the line (white bread is your friend)
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Have you thought about why they think they are satanic, ask him how many service call he averaged before and after they came out, I use the a lot in tight spaces if I can't sweat it
Yeah it's a plausible motivation. I've hired a few plumbers who were positively experts at making money.

The plumber I use now has sweated copper on every job I've hired him for, but he's one of the guys who says sharkbites work just fine.

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