Okay I got the propane thing from Logan Hardware and some soldering stuff and I tried, and tried, and tried again and I swore I just made it worse. I watched a soldering video on youtube. Tried again, and failed again. I’m running out of soldering stuff. I believe I’m doing what I’m supposed to do but unfortunately the reality I’m experiencing does not reflect all the instruction books and video and whatever on sweating a copper pipe. This is something I want to know how to do, so it is very frustrating when you try and try and keep trying and you still fail. If I can’t figure out by this weekend I’m just going to call it quits and hire a plumber. Right now I’m just pissed at my house.
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Is this the radiator pipe? If you still have water in the pipe and trying to sweat it, you are not going to be able to solder it. Reading your past post about the leak, it sounded as if you started to drain your radiators and stopped when you realized that it was your radiators – so I am just assuming that you did not drain the radiators or at least the section that needed soldering has moisture within. Hope I have not frustrated you more!
I’m working on a joint of a pipe that goes to the furnace, which heats the water for the radiators. Further along the pipe copper meets iron. And I drained the heating system to the very last drop, radiators and all.
Once you get it, you’ll be amazed at how hard it seemed the first time. That said, get some loose pieces of 1/2 inch copper tubing, some connectors (sleeves, bends, etc. With a vise, or semething, do a lot of it for practice. It’s easy to get a bad joint if you don’t know exactly what to look for.
One of the problems that I had at first was not paying attention to having water close enough to the joint that it would pull away heat.
I wanted to learn too (a few months back), so I called RotoRooter, paid them 80 bucks to fix my leaks pipe, and had the guy show me how then let me do it. He was cool and a good teacher, but I suppose it’s up to luck as to whether the guy would do it. I do love Roto Rooter though.
click on the link on my sidebar that shows how to solder a copper pipe. It’s got an animated step-by-step clip.
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