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    Hey guys,

    I was helping my buddy with a valve install last night and I noticed that he was using a different kind of flux.

    He was using the Oatey with the green label. It is called No 95 Tinning Flux. I always use the one in the red container, I believe called the No 5.

    What is the difference between these two?

    Thanks

    Tom

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    The #95 is a pre tinning flux. As it heats it leaves a lite coating of tin on the fitting and pipe. This helps with the capilary action of the solder. I use it.

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    Should I start using it?

    Are there any down sides to it?

    Thanks

    Tom

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    Grumpy will mock you... but I think that's about it.


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    LOL! He mocks everyone so what's new. He usually has a good point though.

    So what is the deal. Should I switch?

    Tom

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    Apparently the self-tinning is easier, and some of the pro's use it (Rugged, for one)

    Not sure what (if any) disadvantages are.

    I only learned about it recently, here: check out the "how to solder" thread...
    Last edited by frenchie; 08-01-2007 at 01:01 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frenchie
    Grumpy will mock you... but I think that's about it.

    I'd never!
    Well...maybe


    Quote Originally Posted by statjunk
    LOL! He mocks everyone so what's new. He usually has a good point though.

    So what is the deal. Should I switch?

    Tom
    Tinning flux is fer wimps...where can I get some?
    Seriously I just wonder if it isn't something intended to appeal to those who don't have alot of experience with soldering...though admittedly if Rugged uses it..I might try it...just maybe...shhh..I didn't say that.


    Quote Originally Posted by markts30
    I use Coppermate flux and silvabrite solder and never have had a problem (that was not my own fault - LOL).
    I SWEAR by Silvabrite...it's the ONLY solder I'll use.
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