July 16, 2009
A pro shows how he shapes and solders copper cap flashing, a window's first line of defense against water
September 1, 2007
When I have a considerable amount of copper-pipe sweating to do, I insert a wire brush that corresponds to the inside diameter of the pipe fittings. I can clean them…
January 1, 2006
A new pressure-balanced valve provides safer, more convenient temperature control than you'll get from two handles.
Q: How do I solder pipe to a ball valve with a nylon seat without destroying the nylon? Jim Tandy, via email, None A: Ed Cunha, a plumber in Brewster, Massachusetts,…
May 1, 2004
A seasoned plumber shows you how to keep it simple—and safe
July 1, 1995
Clean the fittings carefully and heat them completely to get neat, leak-free joints.
November 1, 1992
Recently I had to repair the circuit board in my smoke alarm. For a job of this delicacy, I needed. a soldering iron with a small-diameter tip, but all I…
May 1, 1992
An old plumber's trick for resoldering copper water lines when making repairs is to take a piece of white bread, make two dough balls and then stuff them up the…
September 1, 1988
As all good plumbers know, one of the secrets of a successfully sweated joint is cleanliness. And one of the hardest things to keep clean is a flux brush. If…
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