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Sweating a copper water line is relatively easy. Knowing how to sweat copper pipe allows a do-it-yourselfer to install pipe yourself. A properly sweated joint will last for years (in many cases decades).

Sweating copper pipe isn’t difficult, but it takes practice. Mastering a perfectly sweated copper joint takes a bit of practice. Be patient! Your first couple of attempts may not look beautiful, but soon you’ll be sweating copper that not only doesn’t leak but also looks good.

Use the wire brush to clean the pipe.

Use the wire brush to clean the pipe.

Clean down to bare metal.

Apply flux paste.

Apply flux paste.

The flux paste ensures a clean surface for the solder.

Heat the fitting.

Heat the fitting.

Use a handheld propane torch to heat the fitting. Just don’t get it so hot that you can’t hold it any more.

Melt the flux paste so that it flows into and fills the joint.

Melt the flux paste so that it flows into and fills the joint.

Finally, using the torch, melt the flux paste so that it flows into and fills the joint between the pipe and the fitting.

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Kevin Daum has 22 years of experience in the real estate and mortgage industry. He is founder and CEO of Stratford Financial Services. Daum has financed more than 800 custom homes and has published numerous articles on construction financing, mortgage education, and entrepreneurship. Janice Brewster served as editor of Log Home Living magazine for five years.  Brewster has been involved in the custom home industry for more than 10 years. Peter Economy is a best-selling business author, ghostwriter, development editor, and publishing consultant with more than 100 books, including several Dummies books, to his credit.

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