Changing The Galvanized Water Pipe To Copper
Q. I am getting ready to do a bathroom remodel and will be doing much of the work myself. I will be changing the galvanized water pipe to copper. Do you have any tips that you can share when it comes to soldering pipe.
A. Soldering copper can be either a very enjoyable experience or a dreadful task. Take the following steps and you’ll be grinning from ear to ear.
• Make sure that all joints and fittings are dry, clean and sanded
• Don’t use old, previously soldered pipe or fittings
• Flux and assemble the pipes and fittings, strap them into place and solder everything at once
• Use a fireproof shield (fabric or metal) to protect wood, wallboard and other combustible materials while using a torch
• Use ½” of solder when soldering a half-inch fitting and ¾” of solder when soldering a three-quarter inch fitting
• Don’t get the fitting too hot or the solder won’t be drawn into the fitting
Here’s hoping that when you turn the water on the only leak will be the one circulating around the neighborhood about what a great plumber you are!