|Posted by Terry Love on October 09, 2001 at 12:36:53:|
|In response to Re: Soldering valves|
: What is the secret to soldering a 3/4" valve to 3/4" copper pipe. The valve is a standard sweated fittings ball valve and the pipe is standard 3/4" rigid copper pipe. I've never really had any problems with pipe fittings, but trying to get this valve to seal with the pipe seems very difficult. I recently moved to a higher altitude (8,500') would this make any difference.
Whichever side you are soldering, you will need to have open. That means, opening a faucet somewhere to let heated air out. You cannot heat air and not expect expansion. The last joint you solder will leak in a closed system.
If you have already done that, you need to properly flux and heat evenly and that should do it.
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