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Old 09-27-2007, 04:45 PM   #1
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What is the easiest way to bend a piece of 1/2" copper tubing to make a pickup tube?

I am going to be making it into an "S" shape..

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Old 09-27-2007, 04:45 PM   #2
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What is the easiest way to bend a piece of 1/2" copper tubing to make a pickup tube?

I am going to be making it into an "S" shape..

thanks!
Use elbows


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Old 09-27-2007, 04:47 PM   #3
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Great excuse to buy a propane torch, some flux, and learn how to solder - it's really pretty easy.
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yeah i guess that is one way.. what do you use to join the joints? (sounds redundant)
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well, i have done circuitry soldering, same idea?
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you use flux and solder
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well, i have done circuitry soldering, same idea?
Same idea, yes. Same technique, no.

Clean the fittings with sandpaper (120-220 grit) - a few seconds of sanding to get them mostly shiny is all that is required). Apply a thin coat of flux everywhere you want solder to flow (on both sides of the joint). Push the fittings together snugly, and hold them with a pair of pliers or a vice. Apply torch heat for a few seconds. Concentrate the heat closer to the female side of the joint. Move the torch away, and touch the solder to the edge of the joint. If it's hot enough, the solder will wick right into the joint. If little or no melting occurs, heat it some more. Never just use the flame to melt the solder - you'll get a leaky, cold joint.

I thought we talked about using 3/8" tubing. 1/2" is significantly harder to bend, and I have to concur that soldering some elbows is the way to go at this point.
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well, like desertbrew.. didnt he just bend it himself?

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yeah, 1/2 compression adapters was all i could find, so i had to get 1/2 copper also.. i guess i will venture into soldering a little deeper!

So i need:

2: 1/2" copper elbows
flux
solder

what gauge solder?


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