Plumbing Installation – How to Connect Copper Pipe Together

Plumbing with copper pipes is very challenging when you don’t know where to begin. I can help you out with what I have learned through years of experience. I worked with a fellow carpenter years ago that always said “everybody has the ability, but not everybody has the experience”. That is why I am glad to help people get to the end result sooner by sharing my experiences.

If you are planning on doing some plumbing with copper take time to check out these points and your project will go quicker and easier, with professional results.

Planning

Always plan your project before diving into it. You need to make sure you have all supplies needed you don’t want to get half way done and be missing some parts. Measure your pipes and cut and prefit the pipes before you start sweating your pipes.

Also set up a work station if you are sweating more than a couple joints. I like to use 2 sawhorses set up with a piece of plywood on top to give me a nice surface to work on and lay my parts on top.

When I remodel a kitchen I will get all my pipes cut and measured and sweat them together outside or in a garage and then all I have to do is sweat 2 joints in the sink base. If you are working on a kitchen or bathroom it is easier to sweat your pipes before the counter tops are in place.

If you have to sweat pipes near a finished surface place a piece of flashing or thin plywood in between your flame and the finished surface. Also have a spray bottle handy with water in it, this you can use to cool down the pipes or to soak any wood in the area.

Clean

After your pipes are prefit mark them with a marker drawing a straight line or two across the joints. This is helpful with any plumbing because you will put your pipes back together the way you have fitted them.

You need to make sure your pipes are clean in the area that will get sweated together. This can be done with a wire brush cleaner made for this purpose or plumbers sandpaper. The brush is very handy for cleaning the inside of fittings. Cleaning makes the surface fresh and gives the solder little microscopic grooves to melt into.

After cleaning the end of the pipe don’t touch them even the oil of your fingers will mess with you getting your pipes sweated.

Flux

Flux is necessary to help the soldering process. One of the problems to a good solder joint are impurities at the site of the joint, for example, dirt, oil or oxidation. Fluxes also act as a wetting agent in the soldering process, reducing the surface tension of the solder and causing it to flow between the pieces more easily.

Heat

If you are going to do a lot of sweating of pipes get a tank and self lighting torch. These torches will be handy because when you let your fingure off the button the flame goes out. This is better than the other type that is always lit and you have to be careful where you set it down.

I have found mapp gas works better than propane. Mapp gets the pipes hotter quicker making your job easier.

Solder

Buy solder that has no lead in it for your health. When you buy your parts and get your supplies together purchase the right kind of solder for plumbing.

Sweating Pipes

Sweating pipes can be quite easy if the above steps are followed cleaning is very important and then don’t forget the flux and then it is time for the heat.

A half inch pipe joint should use about 1″ of solder, if your pipe is horizontal use enough till it drips out. Watch where you are standing so the molten solder does not drip on you, believe me it hurts. It is always best to put the heat on the coupling you want the solder to run into, the heat will help draw the solder into the joint.

If your sweating existing pipes make sure all water is out of the line. I always turn the main water valve off and open a faucet on a lower level. I once sweated a copper line that was in the concrete slab so I turned off the water and used my vacuum to blow the water out of the lines.

Remember to always plan ahead and you can Do It Yourself.

Plumbing Repairs and Installations

The last thing that anyone wants in his or her home is a leaky faucet building a pool in his or her own kitchen, what’s even worse is a toilet that doesn’t work. Homeowners, designers, contractors, and engineers rely on professional plumbing repairs and installation based on dependable service to solve the inevitable accidents in both residential homes and commercial businesses.

Professional plumbing repairs and installations companies have experienced and certified service technicians that are dedicated to solving any plumbing matters in a timely fashion. They utilize the most up to date equipment and brand name products that exceed the standard protocol. They offer drain and sewer cleaning, custom or designer plumbing installation, new construction and plumbing repairs, both tank and tankless water heater installation, gas line installation and repair, galvanized pipe replacement, video inspection of drain and sewer, backflow prevention, and irrigation repair. These are just minimal adjustments that can be taken care of promptly. Most importantly for the health of you and your family, one must have a professional do a routine check up on any leak detection and repair necessary. Such entanglement is not something that you can trust a less certified mechanic with. The safety of your home is linked to the plumbing system of your house, wouldn’t you feel more confident in the hands of a professional plumbing company?

Not only can a plumbing repair and installation company offer quick fix to any plumbing aggravations, they can also offer expert service and commendation to kitchen and bathroom renovations. The certified designer and mechanic can repair and remodel your new installations with excellent interior design consultation and even geothermal and solar plumbing system.

Customer service is also a priority for many professional plumbing repairs and installations companies. They take the time to fully listen to your concerns and offer professional advice. Accidents can occur at anytime of the day, and some quality professional plumbing companies offer emergency service 24 hours a day and seven days a week. They will get the job done in time with little to no complications.

Sitting under the sink trying to figure out the plumbing system in your house by yourself can be quite a hassle. It takes up time, effort, and money. The time and money you will save compared to a simple call to a professional plumbing repair company is minimal. With a professional plumbing repair and installation service, you are assured to receive the most qualified service that keeps up with your lifestyle.

Green Plumbing – It’s Great!

People are becoming more and more conscious about being and living a more green life. Because of this there has been an increasing interest in having green plumbing installed over the past few years. Why wouldn’t people become interested in it? Green plumbing doesn’t only contribute to the slowing down of the constant depletion of resources for fresh water but will lower your water bill as well! We want there to be fresh clean water for our children right? So, we all have to do our part.

If you are living in Santa Monica, it’s pretty easy to find green plumbers, if you are looking for them. They can quickly install a green plumbing system in your home which will immediately lower your water consumption. The main areas that green plumbing can make the most impact are in the bathrooms and the kitchen. Although, if you are having green plumbing installed within your house, it would be even better to alter the plumbing in the garden, garage and other parts of the house too.

In the bathroom, your toilet, shower and tub faucets can be altered so that you won’t waste so much water when they are in use. You can opt for the low pressure shower head which will still provide you with the same function but with less water consumption. You can also have the faucet for your tubs replaced with low pressure one. For the toilet, you can also opt for the dual flush feature which will lower the required water for every flush.

When it comes to the kitchen, you can ask your green plumber to install a low pressure kitchen faucet. This is even more important because the kitchen faucet usually consumes a lot of water because of constant washing of dishes, foods, and counters. Replacing this faucet can be the single most important investment in your green plumbing system. You can also install a water regulator in your dishwasher to lessen the water needed to run the machine and clean the dishes. If you have a regulator for the dishwasher, you no longer need to hand wash the dishes just to save water. Actually, if you have installed the regulator, you will use more water to hand wash the dishes than to use the dishwasher.

Do yourself and the environment a favor and look into green plumbing. Your children and children’s children will thank you.