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Soldering Copper Pipe

There's a right way to solder copper pipe—and a wrong way. Learn the difference so that your next bathroom or kitchen plumbing project is successful and trouble-free.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Keep nearby soldered joints from melting by wrapping a wet rag around them

Use MAPP gas to speed up the job

Use a flame protector

Buy new fittings

Use the proper amount of solder

Keep threads solder-free

Use tinning flux

Keep pipes dry when soldering

Assemble pipe in sections

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • Rags
    • Soldering torch
    • Tube cutter

You'll also need a flux brush, plumber's sandpaper and wire brushes for cleaning pipes, and a flame protector.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • MAPP gas
    • Tinning flux
    • Lead-free solder
    • Pipe plugs
    • Pipe strap
    • Copper pipe and fittings

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