Brass and steel cannot be welded togther. However, they can be brazed, silvered
soldered, or plain (lead) soldered. Brazing is a very strong joint, nearly the
equal of welding in some cases. Silver solder can be nearly as strong, and
usually produces a much neater joint than brazing due to the wicking action of
the silver solder. It is also a lower temperature process than brazing.
Silver Soldering IS brazing. Unless you are talking about a low
temperature silver bearing solder like Stay-Brite #8, which is just
soldering. Different brazing allows melt at different temperatures,
from about 1200 degrees to about 1700 degrees F.
NOTE: Do NOT use the stick silver bearing brazing rods that contain
phosphorous (like 6% or 15%) when brazing anything to STEEL.. It will
form a brittle joint that will eventually break under stress. Use 35%
to 50% silver bearing brazing allows that have no phosphorous instead.
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