All DIY projects do not require expertise in all areas to have positive results. Those who wish to learn how to repair copper lines discover that it is a project that is not difficult. Once the basics have been learned, it is actually quite easy to complete. Below is listed a step by step instruction of how to repair copper water pipes.
1. Once your pipe is cut to length, you will want to adjust it to position to make sure it will fit snugly. By first installing the copper tubing, it will allow a good flow and will not be obstructed in any way. Trying to force the material incorrectly can create leaks.
2. The surface at the end of the copper pipe that will be welded, should have its surface open to accept the weld easily when a hot flame is brought to the height. This is easily and quickly accomplished with Emory fabric or steel wool. It is also a good idea to clean the fitting that will attach to it. This will ensure that a good bond is created.
3. To eliminate the risk of future leakage, the solder flux must be added before soldering. This will make the weld more efficient. This extra step helps to ensure a much tighter bond and will help later on the road.
4. Then you want to assemble the pipe and fitting, then place the heat on the area to be welded. Once the flow is administered, it is time to start the soldering phase. You will want to let the flame move in the area for about 10 seconds.
5. By using about half an inch of solder at a time, copper will not have too much solder material. Once the weld begins to flow, it is time to move it to the next area that requires soldering, or simply extinguish the flame. That's all there is to it. Learning to solder copper pipes is easy. It may take a little practice at first, but once you understand, it will become natural for you.
Once you have learned how to repair copper water pipes, you will have to embark on other DIY repair projects. Welding is cool to do. Much more fun than sticking PVC pipes together! In addition, you will not be ripped off by a plumber too expensive!