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  1. One other question: Do most of you apply solder...

    One other question: Do most of you apply solder to the opposite side of where the flame is on the joint? That's what I typically do to make sure the joint is thoroughly heated all the way around....
  2. Thanks for the tips everyone. Since when the...

    Thanks for the tips everyone. Since when the solder does melt, it flows into the joint, I think my cleaning and prep are OK. But now that you confirm that if the joint it hot enough, it'll definitely...
  3. If solder won't melt, is the ONLY reason that the joint wasn't hot enough?

    I'm no pro, but have done a fair amount of sweating copper joints. I always clean the heck out of the fittings, apply Oatey #95 tinning flux to the joint, and then use a propane torch to heat the...
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    Anyone else experience this or have any...

    Anyone else experience this or have any recommendations?
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    Shower valve screws keep coming loose!

    Does anyone have any tips for keeping a shower valve's screws tight? We have about a 25 year old Kohler valve, single handle faucet. After you remove the handle, you can see three long screws that...
  6. Maybe I'm calling it the wrong thing. I thought...

    Maybe I'm calling it the wrong thing. I thought all conventional valves like that were called gate valves. I know that when it drips from the handle it could be fixed, but it's very difficult to shut...
  7. I want to replace the gate valves because they...

    I want to replace the gate valves because they won't close totally w/o a lot of force applied ... drips still come out of the spigot. I may be able to close them fully using a pliers to turn the...
  8. Thanks for the explanation. That makes sense.

    Thanks for the explanation. That makes sense.
  9. Good ideas. Thanks. Hmmm, this job is becoming...

    Good ideas. Thanks.

    Hmmm, this job is becoming more complicated than I thought. Now I'm thinking that maybe a Sharkbite shutoff valve is the way to go, and those are a bit longer so I could likely...
  10. Thanks for the replies. The PVC pipe is a...

    Thanks for the replies.

    The PVC pipe is a drain pipe, from what I can tell.

    I went and bought the elbow and shutoff valve and now I see how the elbow fits right into the ball valve. However,...
  11. Best way to replace this shutoff valve? (See photo.)

    Hey all you plumbing gods out there, I need some advice. I've done some sweating of copper joints, but not a lot.

    I want to replace the shutoff valve shown in the photo below, which leads to our...
  12. How to go from 1/2" copper to 1/4" compression fitting, with a ball valve inbetween

    To hook up my furnace humidifier, I want to put in a T (sweat connection) in my 3/4" copper pipe that comes out of my water heater, so it comes out to a 1/2" on the side, which will eventually hook...
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