Earn Your Plumber’s Stripes: Solder A Copper Fitting, Part 2

Yesterday, we discussed preparing our pipe and fitting for soldering. Here, in part two, we will do the actual soldering.  It is important to read the first part, though, to make sure you have all the tools you need to complete the job in a safe and efficient manner. It’s Ready; Let’s Solder At this…

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Earn Your Plumber’s Stripes: Solder A Copper, Fitting Part 1

I am the first one to ask you, “why sweat a plumbing joint if you don’t have to?” With the push-on fittings available today in plumbing departments nationwide, there’s no need to solder copper pipes for most do-it-yourself projects. Having said that, I must tell you this: you can’t hang out with the guys at work bragging…

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When Is Your PVC Plumbing Not PVC?

When people think of plastic pipe, they think of PVC. Many think that all the different colors of plastic pipes are just that–different colors. However, those different colors are different materials, or grades of materials, and are generally used for different purposes. We’ll try to clear up some of that confusion now. PVC PVC stands…

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