How to Sweat Copper Pipes : Fixing Mistakes When Sweating Copper Pipes

How to Sweat Copper Pipes : Fixing Mistakes When Sweating Copper Pipes

Hey good people Don Golden here with Expert
Village and we are working on our solder piping and guess what? Uh-oh, I made a mistake. Not
really but you know what, we’re not dead in the water here because this stuff heats up
and comes apart again as easily as you put it together and you can reuse it, you don’t
have to throw out the whole job. You can ripe this piece off and put it back on. Let’s just
crank up our torch and I’ll show you how to reuse it. Make sure you’ve got a good pair
of pliers. Make sure you wear some good gloves. I don’t but I’m used to it. Put on some gloves
and some safety glasses. Grip your elbow right here at the top and start to heat it up. It
will start moving just like this and you know that is hot. There it goes. Now that is going
to firm up very quickly and you can let it cool down and the whole deal. Or you ready
to go right back on. Just put it back up here with your pliers, heat it up, set it down
and you’re done. Now the only thing you might want to do is you could use a little bit of
solder in that process so you can pull your solder up here and go back around it once
and make sure it is really sealed good. You an always redo this stuff and take it apart.


  1. this is the worst advice video i have ever seen.never ever reuse a fitting. studies show that a reused fitting has half the life span and just over half the max working pressure of an original practice is to cut copper before you begin offer it into position befoe you solder too make sure it fits .using this method it's dam near impossible to make a mistake. but if you do then your just gonna have to cut the mistake out and invest in the necessary fittings and pipe to replace it.

  2. Amazing ! I hope a lot of homeowners will watch that shit and when they put pressure on the system I hope they have a lot of Home Depot buckets handy!

  3. Don, stick to wearing a nice black T-Shirt under dress shirts….you do that well.

    Please STOP giving bad advice….only a fool would reuse a copper solder fitting. It's a shame that people can offer such terribly wrong information. You give a BAD name to seaeoned DIYers. My suggestion for your next video is to not do one and pull all your current videos, seriously.

  4. this should only be used in a total worse case scenerio like no hardware store around and you need to fix a leak quickly but should replace it the right way later. If you would have just said this in your video you probably wouldnt have been judged so harshly.

  5. @aramis0192 Do you have a link to these studies? I would be curious to see if plumbers and DIYers have been doing this wrong for decades when there's concrete data, conducted by an independent source, to explain why this is a bad idea. Personally, I think the joints are pretty cheap and probably worth just replacing but I would like to see if there is real data to indicate why it would damage a joint. After all, it's the same material as the pipes… Do the pipes need to be replaced too?

  6. Well ,not that I have experience or training on how to sweat copper but considering the reviews on you reusing fittings (assuming the reviewers know what's what) I'm going to need to see your sources for your claim. Otherwise I'm going to take their view on your competence and fulfill my social obligation by referring to this on youtube everytime I see you do anything else. Sorry man, you gotta know your stuff if you want to be respected!

  7. I don't think it's too much ov a problem re-using the fittings, but it might be a better idea to redo the soldering from scratch with some more flux perhaps?

  8. isn't the idea here that you are fixing a mistake you just made? so all the fittings are new, you are putting it together, let it cool, made a mistake and are fixing it immediately? aren't some commentators being a bit like warden norton?

  9. I don't see what the difference if you remove and clean out the existing fittings and pipe and use flux again verses using new. This is the same as pre- tinning the copper, should be even better. The problem is in the workmanship, not the material, I believe.

    Besides, copper is expensive especially the larger sizes. I just purchased a 1" pipe, two 1 male adapter and two 1" couplings – $70!

  10. "you should wear gloves and safety glasses, but I'm used to it, so I don't do it…"
    Famous last words, over-confidence is a prime breeding ground for accidents. Real experts NEVER skip safety protocols.

  11. You can do this in a pinch and will seal good if you resolder correctly I however do not recommend fixing old copper joints packed with lime buildup and packed with corrosion using this method lol

  12. Americans call solder soder, they spell it solder but its a silent L.
    its like they call aluminium aluminum with a silent I lol

  13. To me the most important part was not shown. the case that you have to add more solder in case it was lost in the joint. Mine doesn't seem to want to accept more solder. is that bc there is not more flux? also when it cools down, which yours did not, it doesn't always go back together so easily.

  14. Why even bring up safety gear when your not wearing any? That's like me (an electrician) saying something along the lines of "usually it's bad form to work on a hot circuit but I've been shocked before so I'm used to it" not that the two are in anyway comparable danger wise but you sound like you think it's badass to risk unnecessary Injury.

  15. expert village is full of village idiots ! this guy should not be giving plumbing instruction. hes on his back porch heating up his pliers with back yard tools.

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