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How do you solder an end feed fitting?

How to solder an end feed fitting?

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Things you will need:

TB Plumbing irons Plumbing iron
TB Lead free solder wire Lead-free solder wire
End feed fitting End feed fittings
Copper pipe cleaning strips Copper pipe cleaning cloth or wire wool
TB Flux Flux
TB Flux brushes specific to apply flux Flux brush
TB Damp cloth Damp cloth
Stand for plumbing irons A heat resistant stand (supplied with the irons) or a heat resistant surface.
Before soldering a solder joint, make sure that there is no water left in the pipes, as this prevent the pipes from reaching the required temperature for effective soldering.
Clean the outside of the copper pipe

Step 1 – Clean

Clean the outside of the pipe using the pipe cleaner, ensuring that all parts that are to be fluxed are cleaned well.

Apply the flux immediately after cleaning the pipe****google image

Step 2 – Apply flux

Apply the flux solution immediately after cleaning using the flux brush, making sure all the cleaned parts are covered.

Twist the pipe fittings together to ensure flux coverage ***google image

Step 3 – Fit pipework together

Push the pieces of fluxed pipe into the solder fitting and twist.

   Twisting the pipes together ensures the flux covers the whole surface evenly.
Switch the plumbing irons on

Step 4 – Power on

Turn on the plumbing iron, making sure they are on either a stand or heat resistant surface

Temperature indicator light

Step 5 – Up to temperature

Before using the plumbing iron, make sure they are fully heated up. Some models may have an indicator light to show this.

Place the heads near the edge of the fitting on the pipe ****google image

Step 6 – Place heads on pipe

Take the plumbing iron and place the clamping heads on to the pipe approximately 3mm (1/8″) away from the joint, this will keep the heads clear of any running solder.

Apply the heat to the pipe ensuring a full contact ****google image

Step 7 – Apply heat

Apply the heat to the pipe

When heating the pipe work with the irons, make sure that the heads have a tight fitting contact with the pipe surface.

Step 8 – Keep tight contact

When heating the pipe work with the irons, make sure that the heads are tightly in contact with the pipe surface. This ensures the pipe heats up to temperature and that all surfaces are heated.

Hold the heat in place for 10 seconds

Step 9 – Hold for 10 seconds

Hold the plumbing irons in place for at least 10 seconds; this allows the pipe to sufficiently heat up to temperature.

Liquid solder seals the pipe work together

Step 10 – Test heat

To test to see if the pipe is hot enough, take the solder wire and touch the tip near the joint. If the solder melts, the pipe is at the correct temperature and is ready to solder.

Continue to feed the solder wire around the fitting *** google image

Step 11 – Feed solder wire

If the solder melts on contact, continue to feed the solder wire around the joint to create a seal.

Solder at the edges of the fitting

Step 12 – Make neat joint

Do not over-apply the solder. It will not make the joint any more effective, and will only result in wastage of solder wire.

Place the irons on the stand

Step 13 – Place on stand

Remove the irons from the pipe and place back on the stand until the next joint is ready to be soldered, or switch off the tool if all the joints are sealed..

Wipe the flux away with a damp cloth

Step 14 – Allow to cool

Allow the pipe to cool, then, taking the damp cloth, wipe away any excess flux.

Flush the piping thoroughly after cooled to remove any traces of flux **** made up from google images

Step 15 – Flush and check

Once all the soldering to the pipe work is complete, flush the pipes through with clean water. This will remove any waste material and remaining flux from within the pipes as well as highlighting any possible leaks.

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