How to Solder Copper Pipe The CORRECT Way | GOT2LEARN

This video will explain to you in details how to solder copper the CORRECT way so you can do it yourself and not have to pay an expensive plumber and save …


45 thoughts on “How to Solder Copper Pipe The CORRECT Way | GOT2LEARN”

  1. "how to know if the installation set up before you is crap" or "how to know if your plumber did a good job"
    A basic overview on codes, and basics, for the everyday guy or landlord.

    Is it leveled to the right angle? Did they forget the straps?
    Why did they use a wood block to support? Cause they are hacks?

  2. Just tried it after watching your video and followed all the steps. The flux caught fire inside the pipe and the soldering rod only formed a lump at one spot ! The soldering rod was Harris 0.

  3. Funny Story from this past week:
    Enercare (rental company for water heaters) replaced our existing water heater.

    Technicians did the whole job and i watched nicely as they went at their work.
    1. Used milwaukee automatic pipe cutter
    2. No deburring at all
    3. Cleaned pipes correctly at least with a lot of sand paper
    4. Added flux to inside and outside of joints and pipes
    5. Did not measure flux going into joint, eyeballed it
    6. Added heat all over, same direction as solder, opposite sometimes, some solder broke off as it was getting hit by the flame
    7. Cleaned solder with flux brush seconds after removing torch, no post follow up cleanup
    8. Used Type M copper pipes (existing house is all type L, older home)

    Sloppy job, packed up and left.

    I ended up going back with a wet rag after pipes cooled from water running through etc to at least clean up the flux and solder that had fallen all over the top of the water heater.

    Thanks again for your tips and tricks, sloppy work stands out like a sore thumb now.

  4. I watched this video a few times, went to the store, came home, followed the steps as you laid them out and Im happy to report I just soldered 5 joints for the first time in my life… I had my wife turn on the water and I watched in absolute amazement as there wasn’t so much as a drip much less multiple high pressure geysers!
    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge on this topic!! Such amazing content you’re providing! Keep it up!!!

  5. Thanks! Okay, I followed your instructions and replaced a dripping, unidentifiable brand gate valve against the corner of a water heater closet and overhead. I taped up mirrors so I could see the backward facing joint. My joints came out beautiful unlike the messy ones nearby done by a professional plumber. My question is how long will it be before the metallic smell disappears from the water in the shower?

  6. how much heat can solder withstand before it falls apart? suppose you have a copper pot that is used to boil water under a propane burner and the bottom of the pot has a leak and needs to be soldered,will it stand up to the heat of the burner or does it need to be brazed instead?

  7. That damn background music is so annoying, in part because it is so unnecessary. We are here to learn. We are not here to be entertained.
    Anything (music) that distracts from a person's ability to focus on the narrator's instructions is unwelcome.

  8. Soldering is on the way out. In Germany we stopped soldering 10 years ago. We use compression fittings. No need to burn gas, melt solder, start a fire! Pipes that drip water? No problem.

  9. Good video. Grateful for the resource. For the record, heat flow in a solid is not going to be significantly affected by gravity (see 'Heat equation' wikipedia page for more info). 'Heat rises' is true for gases, since they become less dense upon heating and are displaced by denser collections of molecules traversing the gravitic potential. This does not change the practical advice given here, which is to heat the bottom of the joint so that if anything, the bottom is hotter than the top and solder does not drip off onto the ground. Cheers!

  10. Nice video, I agree that for those who don't know a thing about this type of work, and even those who do, proper protection should be used; gloves and goggles. That said, I don't know a thing about putting in copper plumbing, but need to learn, as my last plumber charged me $300 for less than an hour work, and didn't supply anything but labour and a few pieces for a P-trap. It might be cheaper for me to accumulate the tools needed to do the work myself. Shouldn't cost more than what this gouging plumber charged me, $300 per hour for labour. Yeah, picking on a helpless senior citizen. They just lost my business.

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