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Old 01-08-2010, 03:13 AM   #1
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First attempt. I did not let the flux sit very long on the fittings before soldering it with a propane torch.

I used regular lead free plumbing solder.

I'm quite surprised how well it worked. I think I overheated the fitting. Obviously there is way too much solder on there. You can see where the flux had not wetted the steel. The solder kinda bunched up around it.


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Old 01-08-2010, 03:14 AM   #2
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Silver solder is probably a better approach, but that looks like it might have worked ok.

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Old 01-08-2010, 03:20 AM   #3
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I just took a hammer to it. I beat the tar out of that washer and it just bent a little.

Did not budge the solder joint.

I really am impressed!

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I second the silver solder suggestion, but hey, if it holds.

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How about this? Second try.

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Very nice. What materials are you using? Solder, flux, brands
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Oatey brand lead free plumbing solder. Harris brand - stay clean liquid flux. Good for copper, brass, stainless steel etc. Not good for aluminum.

It is very caustic and you must not breathe the fumes. I need to get an insert for my respirator rated for it.

Hard to hold my breath and solder

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Oatey brand lead free plumbing solder. Harris brand - stay clean flux. Good for copper, brass, stainless steel etc. Not good for aluminum.

It is very caustic and you must not breathe the fumes. I need to get an insert for my respirator rated for it.

Hard to hold my breath and solder

The solder I have, the flux I don't. I was going to buy the Harris solder and flux for stainless for my diffuser. I didn't want to spend another 65 dollars on the solder and I never asked about the flux. So I welded it instead.

That's the white or the black flux you used?
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If you don't mind like to stick my two cents in.

I have used silver solder for several years, some for fittings on stainless steel gas tanks, and a few custom fittings for brewers. There are several good brands myself I like sta-brite solder and acid.

For a tool I have found that a large very large Iron the one I have a present is 150 watt. I found better control and less of change of overheating like with a torch.

Just my two cents

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Wow... looks very nice.

Swagman - so you heat the stainless with an iron to melt the solder?

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