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Soldering Tips

Ed the Plumber offers tips on how to make soldering easier.

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tips on how to make soldering easier

Soldering tools include a heat source, such as a torch flux and soldering wire.

It's best to use lead-free solder when soldering pipes. No one wants lead in the water system.

There are several types of torches available. Get one that is easy to use like a torch that will clip onto a belt, freeing up a hand.

Wear safety glasses when soldering.

When heating up the pipe with a torch, watch for the pipe to change colors. That's how you know it's hot enough to start soldering.

Wipe away any dripping solder.