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Old 03-12-2008, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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It it hard to solder or cut copper pipe? I am planning to switch from plastic PVC to copper this summer. I want to do the work myself.
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Old 03-12-2008, 07:28 PM
 
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It it hard to solder or cut copper pipe? I am planning to switch from plastic PVC to copper this summer. I want to do the work myself.
Cut, no. Sweat, I would rather eat glass. Use MAP gas, it is much hotter.

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Old 03-12-2008, 08:11 PM
 
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Very easy to cut using a pipe cutter.

Sweating Pipe is almost an art. I've seen pros sweat pipe in places they can't even see.

The key to sweating pipe is preparation.

The Solder will only adhere to a very clean surface with all the oxidation removed and cleaned again by the flux.

If your meticulous and patient, there is no reason why you can't do it.

There are also several other ways to join copper pipe... you can go with compression fittings or the new press-on fittings... both options add a lot more to the cost.

I use compression fittings to repair existing above ground copper pipe that still has traces of water in the line... can't solder effectively with water, be it liquid or vapor in the line.
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Old 03-13-2008, 04:53 AM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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Very easy to cut using a pipe cutter.

Sweating Pipe is almost an art. I've seen pros sweat pipe in places they can't even see.

The key to sweating pipe is preparation.

The Solder will only adhere to a very clean surface with all the oxidation removed and cleaned again by the flux.

If your meticulous and patient, there is no reason why you can't do it.

There are also several other ways to join copper pipe... you can go with compression fittings or the new press-on fittings... both options add a lot more to the cost.

I use compression fittings to repair existing above ground copper pipe that still has traces of water in the line... can't solder effectively with water, be it liquid or vapor in the line.
I thought soldering was the only way to do it. I will look into the others
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Old 03-13-2008, 05:06 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Why go with copper? Most plumbers are using the Pex line now. It used to be much more expensive, but with the price of copper, there isn't that big of a difference now, and the Pex goes in much faster.
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Old 03-13-2008, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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As mentioned above, the key to soldering is preperation. make sure that you cut a clean edge, clean it with a piep brush and then emery cloth and then don't touch it with your fingers or you will leave oils on it. I don't mind soldering too much, but if I am doing a small job like replacing a water heater I will usually use compression fittings because its easier.
Before you start on a job like this I would ask you the same question as Bydand asked... "Why?" There is nothing wrong with PVC, and it is a whole lot easier to work with. I would rethink this project if I were you.
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Old 03-13-2008, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Oz
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The only reason I'd do copper would be if I were repairing existing plumbing. If I were redoing the whole house I'd go Pex, hands down.
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Old 03-13-2008, 08:51 AM
 
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I'm with the non-copper guys- either Pex or CPVC- copper's not an easy amateur project, IMO.
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Old 03-13-2008, 09:37 AM
 
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Cooper will "sweat". We use PVC.
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Old 03-13-2008, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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On a re-plumb I'm with some of the others- I'd go Pex.
To do it right requires mapping out the whole house with individual runs that come to a central manifold (this eliminates multiple joints/ one at the manifold, and one at the point of delivery)- you get better pressure at each point, and a faster delivery of hot water.
It really good stuff and easy to make connections.
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