Thanks all for the feedback. I had searched for this subject but maybe had
entered too many terms. Searched again and found the other thread. Between
that one and this I think I have determined what I did wrong.
1) No wet rag to absorb heat in the body of the valve.
2) I think the tank on my propane torch is going empty and my flame was weak.
3) Pipe was drained but I may have had some drops trickle towards the valve.
Need to use a little bread upstream to block and absorb any drips.
4) I had the valve in the closed position. This is the point where the handle
is most out of the way for soldering both ends, but being closed may have
So I'm off to buy another valve and a MAPP torch for a hotter flame. While
I'm at it a backing cloth. Used some heavy duty aluminumf foil last time
which worked OK. I think I can come up with the wet rag around here ;).
This time, I'll solder with the valve open and temporarily remove the handle
to keep it out of the way.
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