I've soldered thousands of them open and closed never use a wet rag around
them unless I'm brazing "close" to them The biggest problem I've
encountered is lose packing nuts causing a drip. One time the quality of the
valves was so bad we tightened all the packing before installing them.
I have to agree with you, as I have soldered hundreds both closed
and open, and without a wet rag..... I just thought I'd pass on what
the valve company says about the closed part....if a person has
done a lot of plumbing, they know how to get it done quickly,
as a less experienced person may tend to keep the torch on for
5 minutes, and really warp things badly
I've found the torch used is the biggest factor. Air Acelylene is best
(pro plumber's torch) but a BernzoMatic HiSwirl "turbo torch" on MAPP
is an awful close second. Don't even attempt it with a straight mixer
torch on propane. (not enough heat - takes too long)
Just did the 3/4 inch entrance shut-off in 10 minutes (old one off,
new one on) yesterday when the city came to change the meter.
I know for a fact my brazing/soldering skills SUCK.
When I wanted to insert a shut off valve I just got one with 3/4"
Another handy tool is a shut off wrench that can cut your water off at the
water meter. Our county water department doesn't have a problem with
customers shutting off thier own water.
Except the water shutoff is at the street -an undeground "hydrant"
valve which belongs to the city - everything from there in belongs to
the homeowner - and if that 1/4 turn valve braks when YOU turn it -
YOU pay the city workers to fix it. If they break it, they fix it.
As for the compression fittings, I don't like them. They always seam
to seep, and you get white/green corrosion at the joints over time.
(but they are definitely better than a bad solder job).
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