How to Solder Copper Pipes in 5 Easy Steps

Almost all projects or goals of any size or importance require several steps during a period of time to complete. High-value projects and goals almost invariably require careful planning, several steps during a period of some time and perseverance to keep it going to see the project through to the end. Setting out to solder copper pipes is no exception. To solder copper pipes there just isn’t a single step project either. But here’s the best way to achieve that in 5 easy steps.

Step 1. Make sure to give your work a dry run by fitting the pipes and fitting together first. This will be important because it lessens the chance of a headache when soldering time actually comes around. In the event you skip or ignore this, you may have a leak in your connection leading to other problems depending on the intention of the pipes usage.

Step 2. Use emery or sand cloth to clean the ends of the pipes. This can be a very critical step. It demands concentration along with your full attention. It could be best for those who could do it this way: It is a very good idea to clean out the fitting your going to use also. Why this will be significant is to ensure a clean fit and a leak free hold

Step 3. Use soldering flux on the ends you just cleaned including inside the fitting. The principal reason why, is simply because we want to make sure we have a solid connection Another significant reason is to remove any chance of leaks in the future.

Step 4. Connect pipes and fitting together and apply heat. To go into detail and elaborate on that a little, fit the pipes that you just put flux on snuggly together making sure everything fits well. Heat the pipe and fittings equally for 8 to 10 seconds.

Step 5. Apply the solder to one pipe to fitting connection at a time. One other suggestion, when the solder begins to drip, move on to the next joint to solder together. A general rule of thumb is to use a half inch of lead free solder per half inch in size of pipe.

Finally, if you have followed the above mentioned tips closely, you will succeed and will then enjoy the fruits of this success! Pat yourself on the back, be a little pleased with yourself. You achieved what you set out to try and do! Savor the sweet taste of success! Now enjoy!

If you did not keep to the tips set forth above, well… good luck anyway. You will likely need it…;-)