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Old 11-12-2007, 07:21 AM   #1
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Good morning folks. I am new around here. I found this forum from F150forum.com. I am a homeowner who has a hubby that wants to do things on our own. Yesterday we ripped apart our shower/bath tub. It had tiles that were from the 50's and was leaking behind the tiles. We tore it all out (talk about great way to rid yourself of anger!!) and found out it was a cast irom tub. My hubby and I removed that after about an hour. We placed our new tub un and the pipes do not line up correctly. The ourlets are lower than the new tub. How easy is it to sweat pipes?? I have never done that and niether has my hubby. Any advice would be great. Thanks.

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I would suggest you run down to one of the local home improvement stores and pick up a book on plumbing. I like the ones by Rex Cauldwell. Sweating copper is not hard, however it involves a few important steps well explained in most of the diy books.

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Not hard at all, but it takes some practice. First sweats I did sprayed water all over the place. Get a piece of pipe and some fittings, and practice cutting, reaming, cleaning, fluxing, and sweating.

A few personal preferences:
1. Always use the pipe cutter to cut pipe, never a hacksaw. Get a quality cutter. The spring-loaded RIDGID cutters from Home Depot are awesome.

2. Some say new copper does not need cleaning. It does. Don't touch clean copper with bare hands (you should be wearing gloves anyway)

3. Emery mesh is loads better than wire brush (IMHO)

4. I always get better results from tinning flux (green can)

5. Heat protection blanket is NOT optional.

6. I like MAPP (yellow bottle) gas. It heats faster than propane.

7. If sweating components that contain non-metallic parts (valves) either disassemble and remove those parts, or wrap a wet rag around them.

8. Have a small flashlight and a dentist mirror handy. Great for examining your work in tight quarters.
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