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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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    My guess is that it probably costs a little more and may be harder to find at a big box store.
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    I use #95 part of the time. I got it by accident or something and I havenít run out yet so I still use it. I feel that flux is flux (as long as it is made for plumbing.

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    The big deal of Oatey 95 flux is that it won't turn the pipe green afterwards, while the regular fluxes will if they are not cleaned off sufficiently. The #95 flux costs me about 5x as much as the regular stuff, so I just use it on exposed piping, and use the regular stuff on piping that will be enclosed. The product description claims that the #95 flux will never burn away (unlike the #5 flux), which is a definite advantage, especially for soldering novices.

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    I use Coppermate flux and silvabrite solder and never have had a problem (that was not my own fault - LOL).
    Last edited by markts30; 08-01-2007 at 05:02 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.
    "The biggest regrets we have in life are the chances we never took."

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    Quote Originally Posted by got_nailed
    I use #95 part of the time. I got it by accident or something and I havenít run out yet so I still use it. I feel that flux is flux (as long as it is made for plumbing.
    Give Nokorode a try and get back to me.
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    I use No-Korrode and whatever solder I buy on ****. If you sand the pipe, use a fitting brush on the hubs and stir the flux, you won't have a leak except once in a blue moon.

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    I've used Oatey and NoKorode. I think Everflux is hands down the winner of the water solubles. Laco was always good.
    Brent

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    Ok I got a small tub of Nokorode and Iíll use it this weekend.

    I do think this is going to come down to 50 of one and 50 of another. Everyone will say that one is better than another. The reason that I could give a rats as about what type of flux I get is my g/f dose my ordering and keeps up with my stock. What I get is what I get. I have used a few that I hope I never use again and I told her I didnít like them.

    But as it has been said if you prep the pipe right then it should work just fine. I will say that the final look of the job can be affected somewhat by the flux until you get used to it. For me if I pick up some that Iím not used to my first 3 or 4 donít always look the greatest but after that they look fine.

    Iíll let you know how I like the Nokorode next week.

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