Need to put in a new feed for my new cooker as the old pipework is
knackered and in the wrong place and I'm fed up of gas bills even
though I use no gas...
I've refused to touch copper until now but decided to give it a go
I've had a practice on some pipe and end feed? fittings.
(What happened to the FAQ?)
Anyway have I got this right etc.
Clean pipe/fitting with wire wool until shiny.
Apply flux to both bits and assemble. How much flux is enough, a thin
smear like cream on a burn, see below. Or more than a thin coating.
Heat joint with burner on "pretty high/noisy" setting. Am I watching
for any particular change of colour in the copper etc.
Apply solder onto joint/around joint.
Keep joint still until cool.
Now apart from burning my wrist with the end of the solder reel when I
dropped the piece of pipe which got hot for some reason, haha. Doh.
Gonna sting in the morning... :-)
Am I looking to build up the joint edge with solder or just apply
enough to run into the joint between the pieces? ie. it's the joint
that matters not the outside. Checked some old soldering in the house
and there's solder all over the place.
I've uploaded a couple of pictures:
As examples, seem to be able to get the solder to show through to the
inside of the joint I take it that's a "good" thing without too much
I think I overheated the outsides of the two pictures as I wasn't sure
if it was hot enough.
Before I do anymore practising any pointers or advice much appreciated
now it's raining and my gardening is on hold.