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Old 02-17-2009, 02:32 PM   #1
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Hey, all. Long time reader, first time contributor.

I do a lot of DIY projects, and many of them involve copper tubing. Because I'm accident prone, I try to avoid soldering-irons or other implements of construction that involve fire. Instead, I like to use this stuff called Just-for-Copper:

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It's way cheaper than buying a soldering-iron ($14.00 for a small tube worth 40 "welds") and a lot more safe. It's rated up to 275deg. F, is non-toxic, and works just as well as any soldering jobs I've seen. I have used it on my CFC (thanks Bobby_M), pick-up arms in my kettle and MLT, and vertical (hanging) parts in my mash-recirculation-arm and never had a problem. Plus, it's really easy to use.

Just to be on the safe side, I boil everything I've put together using this stuff before it comes in contact with the wort, though I don't think it's really necessary.

Downside: Like the name says, this works "Just for Copper". Maybe brass, but no other metals.

__I used the search function, but couldn't find a thread that talked about this stuff. Sorry if this is a repeat for everyone.__
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Old 02-17-2009, 07:02 PM   #2
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I found something similar when fighting the soldering for one of the manifolds on my system. I used copper bond (five bucks for a tube from Lowe's) and never turned back. And if you need to do a repair, just heat the stuff up and pull the fitting apart. It couldn't be easier.
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Man card revoked sir!
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Man card revoked sir!
LOL! I'm not going to pull anybody's man card for using this stuff, but I do think that sweating copper pipes together is pretty easy. It's a good skill to have, and not difficult at all.

Plus, you can use the torch for making crème brûlée!
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Hey, all. Long time reader, first time contributor.

I do a lot of DIY projects, and many of them involve copper tubing. Because I'm accident prone, I try to avoid soldering-irons or other implements of construction that involve fire. Instead, I like to use this stuff called Just-for-Copper:

Just For Copper Diyer

It's way cheaper than buying a soldering-iron ($14.00 for a small tube worth 40 "welds") and a lot more safe.
There's your first problem -- you're supposed to use a propane or MAPP gas torch to sweat the pipes. And you shouldn't have to buy it. Every man has one in their garage. Don't they?
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:32 PM   #6
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>palm to forehead<

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Doesn't everyone hate to have to call a plumber for simple repairs or upgrades?
Jeez, soldering is just one of those 'man stuff' things that is a life long advantage. Why fight it?

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LOL! I'm not going to pull anybody's man card for using this stuff, but I do think that sweating copper pipes together is pretty easy. It's a good skill to have, and not difficult at all.

Plus, you can use the torch for making crème brûlée!
Or fixing your house, or lighting a bonfire.
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LOL! I'm not going to pull anybody's man card for using this stuff, but I do think that sweating copper pipes together is pretty easy. It's a good skill to have, and not difficult at all.

Plus, you can use the torch for making crème brûlée!

Even Paula D has one...
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Do people find sweating pipe really that hard? Liberally apply the flux, heat, and stick.

Maybe intimidating, but super easy. Have you ever talked to a handyman/plumber? Not rocket scientists by any streach of the imagination. If you can brew beer, using a torch, flux and solder is not going to be a tough task to master.

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The torches also make great cigar lighters!
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Do people find sweating pipe really that hard? Liberally apply the flux, heat, and stick.

Maybe intimidating, but super easy. Have you ever talked to a handyman/plumber? Not rocket scientists by any streach of the imagination. If you can brew beer, using a torch, flux and solder is not going to be a tough task to master.

I agree the hardest thing about being a plumber is picking our the right underwear!

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