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How to Solder Copper Pipe Using a Propane Torch

These step-by-step instructions show how to solder a copper pipe and fittings together using a propane torch.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

Highlights:

Step 1: Clean and Apply Flux

Copper pipe needs to be cleaned before it can be soldered. First, use sandpaper to clean the inside and outside of the pipes and fittings that will be joined.

Next, use flux to remove impurities from the inner and outer surfaces of both pipes. Spread the flux over the entire surface with a brush. Then, slide the two pieces together.

clean and apply flux to pipe

Step 2: Solder the Joint

While wearing safety glasses, fire up the propane torch. All three parts of the flame should be blue; if the flame is orange, turn gas down.

Hold the flame on the tip of pipe to heat. The flux will turn to liquid and the pipe will change color slightly. When the pipe is heated, touch the soldering wire to the joint. If done correctly, the solder will be drawn into the joint.

Once the joint is soldered, use a wet cloth to clean up the area.

solder the joint

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