DIY Plumbing – Connecting Copper Pipes Together

When people hear the mention of plumbing, they instantly think that the task is going to be extremely complex. In fact, the complete opposite is true. Except for gas related issues, a lot of plumbing fixes can be done easily on a DIY basis.

If you are replacing part or all of a pipe work system, you are going to need to connect copper pipes together. You need to make sure that you do this correctly; otherwise you will find that the pipes leak.

Joint Preparation

First of all, you need to cut the copper pipe to size. You can do this using a pipe cutter and you need to do this before you solder the pipes. The joints all need to be soldered at the same time, so preparing the pipe before hand is essential.

If you need to bend the pipes then use a pipe bender. The pipes can be cut use pipe cutters. Pipe cutters are available in a range of sizes from plumbing merchants. Once you have cut the pipes, make sure you clean them extensively. If you don’t then the solder will not connect the pipes correctly.

Flux

Flux is a material that all plumbers use. This material needs to be applied where the two pieces of pipe and the connector will touch each other. The flux ensures that the solder binds to the pipe by enhancing the oxidation process. You can apply the flux sparingly using a small paint brush. The better quality the flux is, the better the pipes will connect, so it is worth spending some extra cash on a branded product.

After you have applied the flux, assemble the joint. Give each part of the joint a twist and turn. This will ensure that the flux is evenly spread evenly throughout the joint. If the flux is not spread evenly, then it will not take and leaks are likely to occur.

You’ll need to get the joint into the right position and make sure that it doesn’t move throughout the process. Copper is not particularly cheap, so making a mistake can end up being extremely costly.

Start The Solder

Soldering is actually fairly simple. Using a blow torch, you need to apply heat directly to the joint. Heat the joint up evenly. You need to have the solder roll unravelled slightly. Basically, with the solder in hand you scratch the surface of the joint. As you scratch the surface, the heat will melt the solder onto the joint. Keep doing this until the joint is completely sealed in all areas. Before you connect the joint to the next piece of piping, you need to ensure that the soldered joint is completely cool.

Tips For Gas Systems

Soldering joints on water systems is not a problem. You should never be soldering joints on a gas system. Gas systems can only be worked on by trained professionals that are Gas Safe registered. If you are struggling to create a perfect solder, then it might be worth considering getting a professional involved such as EPS exterior plumbing services.

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