View Full Version : Wall mount Faucet Soldering

02-24-2007, 12:14 PM
Hi Folks!
I'm brand new here and I have a question.

I am trying to solder this fitting:
http://img393.imageshack.us/img393/606/img3190cg9.th.jpg (http://img393.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img3190cg9.jpg)
to a brass in-wall faucet manifold and I can't get the solder to flow. I'm using a MAPP gas torch, flux, and 95 5 solder. I clean the fittings and the manifold like normal, flux 'em, heat the fitting not the manifold, and it just wont go :mad:

What SHOULD I be doing that I'm not. Any input would be most appreciated. Thanks!

02-24-2007, 12:38 PM
What kind of metal is that?

You can solder brass and copper.

02-24-2007, 12:42 PM
Actually, upon closer examination, it may be brass. It has a chrome finish to it though. Is that messing everything up?

02-24-2007, 01:12 PM
I didn't think you could solder to the chrome plating.

02-24-2007, 01:22 PM
Any suggestions then? It is a sweat type fitting? Is there an alternative method? What can I say, I'm new at this.

02-24-2007, 04:40 PM
You have to remove the chrome where you want to solder it. But it might be a lot easier just to buy a copper reducer like that one. What is the purpose of the fitting?

02-24-2007, 04:52 PM
Well, I have an assembly for a Belle Forret wall mount faucet. I need to join 1/2inch copper from the basement to the assembly. The pipe won't line up. Now, I've decided I'm gonna try and bend the pipe comin up from the basement with heat and ten just use a regular old copper union, rather than that funky thing I was gonna try.

Heating bending copper just a little bit is ok, right? I'm learning as I go :-D Any input would be great.

02-24-2007, 04:56 PM
While I have seen hard copper heated up to red hot then bent just as you would soft copper, I personally find it to look like a hack job. I would just get a couple of 45s and/or a 45 and street 45 to offset the copper where it needs to be.

As far as soldering that fitting, its like HJ said, you have to remove the chrome from your soldering surface. Anyone who's worked in Kentucky and has used chromed traps can testify to this.

Good luck

02-24-2007, 05:01 PM
That sounds like a plan. I hope the Lowes around here is still open. Once I get this thing sweated and in there, I'll take a cople of pics so you guys can tell me what I should have done . . . hahahahah. Thanks! :)

02-25-2007, 04:40 AM
just make sure you are plumb and level coming out of the wall....

check it two or three times.....any variance will be magnified when you install the trim...and give it good support

good luck

02-25-2007, 04:56 AM
Racer - My guess is you've done this before. This is my wife an I's first remodel project, and she really wanted a wall mount faucet so I said "ok, I can do it". Hopefully, I will be able to make it happen :-)

Any other helpfull hints you could provide?

02-25-2007, 05:26 AM
you can do it...they look great.

mostly just make sure it is level and plumb....and supprted well....you want it to feel rock solid!

just take your time:)