How to Solder Copper Pipe The CORRECT Way | GOT2LEARN

  • Published on Aug 11, 2017
  • This video will explain to you in details how to solder copper the CORRECT way so you can do it yourself and not have to pay an expensive plumber and save TONS OF $$$$!
    Here are the tools and materials I used in this video:

    Pencil Torch:
    Fitting Wire Brush 1/2":
    Fitting Wire Brush 3/4":
    Propane gas(Blue bottle):
    Propene gas(Yellow bottle):
    Lead-free flux(water soluble):
    Flux brushes:
    Lead-free solder:
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  • Got2Learn
    Got2Learn  3 years ago +44

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    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  Day ago

      @M Kal I see every message, good to hear ;)

    • M Kal
      M Kal Day ago +1

      Hey man i know you wont see this provided the video is 4 years old. But I'd like you to know you taught me what my failure of a distant father never did. I got it done. Doesnt look as great as yours but the leak stopped and no gunk. 😃

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  21 day ago +1

      @mek86.2 I prefer abrasive pads over all of those hehe :)

    • mek86.2
      mek86.2 21 day ago

      Sand paper vs steel wool? Is steel wool an option?

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  4 months ago +1

      Kinda made that video, check it out:

  • leokimvideo
    leokimvideo Month ago +20

    One key tip is to have no water in the pipes! If there is water there your going to fight getting a join

    • Baby Jackson
      Baby Jackson 2 days ago

      i always see you commenting at rock music and here too . i always see you XD. Are there many photo alike you?

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  Month ago

      Here's a video that shows what to do when there is water in the pipes:

  • UOA Plays
    UOA Plays Year ago +463

    Holy actual fuck, this is probably the epitome of a perfect tutorial video. Straight forward, no dead air, no explaining things that aren't related to the topic, and no advertising. It's just blunt explanation. Thank you for this.

    • andrewshankle
      andrewshankle 2 months ago +1

      I agree, wow.... no nonsense and very well explained. Thanks!

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  4 months ago


    • E Mad
      E Mad 4 months ago +1

      Well said

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  4 months ago

      @csaleen302 thank you!!!

    • csaleen302
      csaleen302 4 months ago +1

      I agree 100%. Straight forward to the point. Extremely effective. Great job man. Much appreciated

  • Chris Rhoads
    Chris Rhoads 2 years ago +125

    I watched this video a few times, went to the store, came home, followed the steps as you laid them out and Im happy to report I just soldered 5 joints for the first time in my life... I had my wife turn on the water and I watched in absolute amazement as there wasn’t so much as a drip much less multiple high pressure geysers!
    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge on this topic!! Such amazing content you’re providing! Keep it up!!!

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  3 months ago


    • CARL EL
      CARL EL 3 months ago

      these videos are very motivational

    • Kyle H
      Kyle H 3 months ago +2

      I'm excited to buy copper pipe and practice in my garage

    • Mitch Johnson
      Mitch Johnson 7 months ago

      I hope your wife thinks you're the most capable man in the world.

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  2 years ago +2

      Pleasure is all mine ;)

  • Ray Chapman-Wilson
    Ray Chapman-Wilson 3 years ago +5

    Thank you for this video! Super thorough and easy to understand. One thing, EVERY PIPE CUT MUST BE REAMED! Don't skip this step. The turbulence caused by water moving over the sharp edge of an un-reamed (inside tube left with sharp edge from cutting) can cause erosion of the pipe and premature failure/leak. Otherwise, SPOT ON !!! Thank you again!

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  3 years ago

      Thanks a lot buddy! Yes as of now, every cut I show will be reamed, great comment!!

  • Pa D
    Pa D 2 years ago +4

    I love how you explain the process so clearly and use great graphics to help see the real effects of properly soldered and not-well-done joints! I feel confident that I can do it myself!

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  2 years ago +1

      You will be able, trust me :)

  • Kenny Fah Rogers
    Kenny Fah Rogers 10 months ago +2

    HUGE help! I've been a DIY home owner for a couple decades now. I've done a fair amount of plumbing jobs but it was always a dread! Since I've watched your stuff for my latest bath remodel, my sweating skills have improved 10 fold! I wish youtube and you were around 20 years ago the first time I did this bath!

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  10 months ago

      Wowwwww awesome man, so happy for you Kenny 🤘🤘🤘

    N.E.PA. GUNTALK 2 years ago +4

    Great video ! With exactly zero soldering experience, and watching this video twice, I made a plumbing repair at my new house on the first try. Thanks for the great explanations on how and why to do it right.

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  2 years ago +1

      Your comment made my day :)

  • Larry Dew
    Larry Dew 3 months ago +3

    Great video. I've been working with copper for years. It usually goes well. Yesterday I had one 3/4" 90 that would not flow on one end. It was crazy. I pulled and recleaned it many times. It was in a wall open on oneside, but an inch away from the stud. I finally cut the 90 and about 6" of pipe out on each side and soldered it on the bench. The other 20+ joints went well.

  • Viknu
    Viknu 9 months ago +6

    I've been practicing soldering just to expand my skillsets around the house, I followed this video and everything is going great. Thanks for the video!

  • Mike Weinstein
    Mike Weinstein 3 years ago +2

    Terrific video. Well detailed, straight forward yet comprehensive. I know how to solder on electronics but always was curious to know the proper way to solder copper pipes. The basis is nearly, if not identical, with the exception of heating the bottom pipe first. And of course slight variance in equipment.

    • Got2Play
      Got2Play 3 years ago

      Thanks a lot Mike, please like and share the video if you can it helps keep the channel healthy ;)

  • R Garcia
    R Garcia Year ago +1

    Thanks for a clear and thorough overview! What would you recommend doing if I need to extend my tub copper spout to fit a new accessory that is longer than the original? Also, I had the tile replaced so even a standard accessory would not fit. I never tried plumbing before but I like to figure thinks out... thanks!

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  Year ago +1

      You might need to unsolder this one and exchange it with a longer one, as if you solder a coupling to extend it for example, it won't fit in the spout, good luck!! 😉

  • Iggy
    Iggy 3 years ago +3

    Great informative video. Explanation was clear and thankfully very brief. Allot of people seem to enjoy hearing themselves explain things over and over again. Before you know it there’s a twenty minute video explaining how to do a five minute job. You covered the “does and don’ts” effectively and directly.
    Thanks and keep up the good work.

    • Got2Play
      Got2Play 3 years ago

      Great comment, love it!!

  • Steven Gauthier
    Steven Gauthier Year ago +2

    Thank you for this extremely easy to follow tutorial. You have taught me a great skill and saved me a lot of money and time!

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  Year ago

      You are very welcome, share if you can Steven :)))))

  • Mike Smith
    Mike Smith 3 years ago +56

    This is literally by far the best video for know how I have ever seen. No horseshit, just straight down to facts. Thumbs up all the way!!

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  3 years ago

      Thanks for the great comment buddy, really appreciate it, i'd love if you can share it that would be awesome :)

  • Da Jo
    Da Jo Year ago +1

    Excellent job on the video. If you make more, I'd find it helpful for you to add pros and cons of using various materials when there's a choice, like propane vs mapp gas or why use lead solder when you can use lead free on the drain pipe you did. Thanks.

  • Nick Lukefahr
    Nick Lukefahr Year ago +1

    Thanks for the tips on soldering. I had never done it before and managed to desolder and resolder a 1.5 inch copper drain pipe, and then 2 new supply line shut off valves on my grandma's older house. They may not be the most aesthetically pleasing solder joints, but they didn't leak, and that's what counts!

  • Carel Vermaak
    Carel Vermaak Year ago +1

    Thank for the awesome tutorial, it was my first time soldering copper pipe, I installed a full bathroom at my factory and did all the plumbing myself, soldered about 25 joints, 4 months later and still no leaks! Thank you

  • Louie Sanchez
    Louie Sanchez 8 months ago +1

    Much gratitude towards G2L for creating a great platform to share your knowledge.
    I just completed installing copper lines for a new bath, with sink, toilet and shower system!
    I replaced the old 75 gal. water heater with a new water tankless WH, running new 3/4 copper config. was all possible, because what I learned from GOT 2 LEARN!!!

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  8 months ago

      Soooooo cooolll, super happy it worked out!!!!

  • Larry Fulton
    Larry Fulton 11 days ago +2

    Excellent!…Quick, very clearly explained…especially heating the pipes from the bottom. This looks SO Easy, I think I’m going to go and join some pipes together for practice!

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  11 days ago

      Glad it was helpful, have fun Larry!!!

  • Dan Price
    Dan Price Year ago +1

    Very informative video(s) and I appreciate you taking the time to do these. One thing you should mention is the fact that the pipes must be holding NO water near the area where the work is being done. When water exists in the pipe, there is no possible way to solder anything. Do-it-yourselfers may not know that information. So if you are looking for a new subject to do a video, removing water from piping would be a good subject. We have all used the "bread trick", shop vacs, and I have even had to go as far as disconnect the water from the source at the street and completely drain the whole home because the city valve did not completely shut-off. That was drastic, but took less time than dealing with the constant flow due to the defective city shut of valve. Good job mi Amigo, and keep the videos coming.

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  Year ago +1

      Thank you so much, here's a video I made that covers the water in the pipes:

  • heavy feather
    heavy feather 3 years ago +1

    Fellow plumber, just want to say thankyou for all the videos you've made i greatly appreciate them! After watching many of your videos i've learned tricks even i never knew keep up the good work man.

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  3 years ago

      So heart-warming, thank you so much!

  • Brian J. Dumas
    Brian J. Dumas 3 years ago +1

    Great video! I have not sweat soldered in quite a few years. So in either 1st time user or review the video was very good. Especially the point about heating from the bottom first and flux cleaning too quickly; just wiping should be sufficient after cool down. Thanks again!

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  3 years ago

      Thanks for the great comment buddy, really appreciate it, i'd love if you can share it that would be awesome :)

  • Mauricio Ferreira
    Mauricio Ferreira Year ago +2

    That was super helpful! First time doing, and worked perfectly! Followed your advice step by step.

  • Patrick Steil
    Patrick Steil 11 months ago +5

    I had a really hard time today getting my solder to melt. Please make sure there is no water in your pipes when you try to do this soldering! :-)

    It should only take between 30 seconds and one minute to get the copper to the right temperature before the solder melts. I sat there for 10 minutes heating up the pipe and it never melted because I had some water in the pipe.

    • BlackHeartScyther
      BlackHeartScyther 6 months ago +1

      Same problem here, turned on the water and the entire fitting just popped off, made sure to get rid of the water the 2nd time around and was so much easier and faster lol

  • Adriaan Groeneveld
    Adriaan Groeneveld 2 years ago +4

    I just learned it’s best to first heat the pipe (it will expand a little) and than the ‘joint’ together with ‘the pipe’. The expansion will reduce the air gab (insulator) This way both parts will heat evenly allowing the solder to flow better.

    Trying to heat the whole joint, both parts ‘at once’ by heating the widest part will not work. The air (insulator) makes the pipe heath not as quick and not at the right temperature. One part to hot (and the other not hot enough) will overheat (burn) the solder.

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  2 years ago

      I explain this in this video right here, check it out:

  • Blake And Angie
    Blake And Angie 11 months ago +1

    This was so spot on, direct and to the point! I had an outside spigot burst because of the cold weather. Not long after I reconnected the garden hose and turned it on and water was pouring out my garage floor more than the hose. I shut it off, searched for videos on how to solder coper pipe as I have never done this type of repair. Of course several videos showed up and I chose this one because it was only 5 minutes long and not 15-20 minutes or more like many of the others. I followed this video step-by-step, and it worked perfectly. Thank you!!!

  • Matthew Nork
    Matthew Nork Year ago +2

    This was a very clear and concise video, found it very helpful. Thank you for taking the time to create it.

  • mkcraghead
    mkcraghead 20 days ago +2

    This is an awesome video. I wish I would have seen it when I first tried solder. Especially the part about heating from the bottom. I think I may need to go back to my first project and start over. Thanks so much for the video. You're the man. 😁

  • Kyle Fogle
    Kyle Fogle 4 years ago +184

    As a plumber I say you did a great job explaining this! A bit overheated, but I've seen worse. This is similar to the method described in the UPC training manual and for basic homeowner repair will suffice. Cool trick with the fitting brush! 2 imperative things weren't mentioned 1- Reaming the pipe, unreamed pipe will cause excess turbulence resulting in premature wear which over time will show itself in the form of a leak. 2 - I cannot emphasize this enough! Make sure there is no water remaining in the line!!! I don't care how well you prep the pipe, it will seem like you're soldering without flux and the quality of the joint will reflect that ( you'll be lucky if you do make a joint and even luckier if it stands even the shortest test of time.) Shut off the supply to the house and open both the lowest and highest fixtures to drain the system. Sometimes house shut offs don't hold and you have to turn the meter off. In my experience the meter doesn't entirely shut off and you have to disconnect it (worst case). If you're soldering a vertical section with trapped water, use a straw or piece of pipe smaller in diameter with your thumb over the top to extract the water.

    • Oshane Hinds
      Oshane Hinds Year ago


    • James Farmer
      James Farmer 2 years ago

      @WTFJH Electricians here on the gulf coast are the same with the channel locks and all linesman pliers regardless of brand are called Kleins or side cutters.

    • 2 years ago

      @Emilio Chavez No. The type of solder used is only determined by whether you intend it to be for potable (drinking) applications or for drain. If for potable, 95/5. If for drains, either 95/5 or 50/50. Hope this helps!

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  2 years ago

      To temporarily stop a small leak while you solder

    • James Barratt
      James Barratt 2 years ago +1

      I heard drop a piece of bread in the pipe to do something with water. can't recall what it was exactly though.

  • Cal Astleford
    Cal Astleford 2 years ago +16


    I was having trouble making a repair on my lawn sprinkler system until I watched this video.

    May you keep teaching the world...all the best to you and your family.

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  2 years ago +1

      Such a wonderful comment, these are what keep me going believe it or not ;)

  • shreddder999
    shreddder999 2 years ago +2

    Thanks! Okay, I followed your instructions and replaced a dripping, unidentifiable brand gate valve against the corner of a water heater closet and overhead. I taped up mirrors so I could see the backward facing joint. My joints came out beautiful unlike the messy ones nearby done by a professional plumber. *My question is how long will it be before the metallic smell disappears from the water in the shower?*

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  2 years ago

      Good job, just run it a few time to get all the flux out and you should be fine ;)

  • Rob Snyder
    Rob Snyder 11 months ago +1

    Great video! Concise, and to the point. Very well done!

  • David Gapp
    David Gapp Year ago +5

    Excellent. I love how concise and well thought out this video is. So tired of long-winded videos which meander towards some unseen destination!

    • Kim Nilsson
      Kim Nilsson Year ago +1

      I guess, even with the propane you are on the low side of heat compared to MAP-gas or even to AC/Oxygen as we normally use here in Sweden (thus we don¨t have much solder to choose from - unless we would start to use the BLUE Welller solder one).
      All depends on the tinning-led you are using (hopefully lead free).
      I now see that I and most of us here are really bad on using flux,
      Hope sone one else would give you a more adequate answer on this, than I can (different regions, different techniques) - but capillary forces are globaly - even in AUS, down there :-)

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  Year ago

      Thanks man, really appreciate it, if you could share it that would make me really happy, thanks David :)))

  • Matt R. Sullivan
    Matt R. Sullivan Year ago +6

    Thanks for explaining the actual process of soldering, and how the solder is drawn into the valve. I now feel more comfortable knowing what the goal is, rather than just following instructions.

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  Year ago

      Glad it helped Matt, that you very much!

  • Ferret Face
    Ferret Face 4 months ago +18

    I like how you don't pause for people to read text explanations. If they need to, let THEM pause... and the rest of us can continue on fast-paced.👍

  • Larry Farr
    Larry Farr Year ago +1

    Hey, excellent video. Thanks very much. So well done, to the point, great visuals, the total package. Absolutely fantastic.

  • Kelly Rumpf
    Kelly Rumpf 3 years ago +1

    I always found that using L type copper, to focus heat on the pipe just outside of the fitting. Main reason is, the L type copper is thicker then your fitting in most cases. And in the case of brass the less heat the better. I found splitting the heat on the joint as well as the copper tubing works well. Also seems to pull the flux better resulting in less left over inside the pipe. It can smell really bad the first time you run water. This means you OVER FLUXED!

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  3 years ago

      Good info, thanks for your input!

  • Zach Gilbert
    Zach Gilbert Year ago +1

    Thank you for a very informative and straight to the point video. Well done!

  • Johnathan M Savage
    Johnathan M Savage Day ago +1

    Hands down, one of the best instructional videos I’ve ever seen. Perfection!

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  17 hours ago

      Than kyou so much Johnathan!!!!

  • pppilote
    pppilote 2 years ago +2

    I've watched most of your videos and they are brilliant. They tell me everything I need to know clearly, concisely. I have already saved hours of time and a good bit of money. Thanks.

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  2 years ago

      Awesome man! Thank you so much for your comment!

  • matt
    matt Year ago +1

    Awesome video. Straight to the point. Short and sweet. Thank you! Your channel is the best for DIY. New subscriber thanks to this video.

    IVIRHANKEY 8 months ago +2

    Always wanted to know how to solder copper pipes, didn't know it was this easy. Great video! Will save it for future reference.

  • Michael McMillan
    Michael McMillan 2 years ago +2

    Thank you, lots of good info. I only disagree on applying the solder. Heat the joint at the top, apply the solder at the bottom. When the solder melts, all of the joint between the torch and the solder is hot enough, and the solder immediately wicks up the joint, and squirts out the top. Then remove the solder. If you apply the heat at the bottom, and the solder at the top, it is likely that the solder will drip down the pipe without filling the joint. By applying the solder at the bottom, and waiting for the solder to appear at the top, you guarantee that the solder wicked up to the top, filling the joint.

    • John-Del
      John-Del 2 years ago +1

      Wrong. Heating from the top will almost guarantee that the top will become too hot before the bottom is hot enough to flow solder. Because of the way heat rises, heating from the bottom will keep the temperature across the pipe and fitting more even ensuring a better flow.

  • Ambrose Amador
    Ambrose Amador 24 days ago +1

    Just did this today and I have to say bravo. This is short, easy, and right to the point. If you need to learn how to solder a pipe, this will help you a ton. Thank you for this video, my father would have been proud. 🙌

  • Purpleblop
    Purpleblop 3 years ago +2

    Thank you for the video!
    I am in a high school program that teaches us carpentry, masonry, electrical, and plumbing. We are starting plumbing in ten days, and I figured I'd learn some before we switch.
    This will help greatly, so thank you.

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  3 years ago

      Awesome, have fun in your course!!!

  • P Adler
    P Adler 4 years ago +26

    I've been doing this for forty years and This is so well done and to the point it makes me jealous. I don't think I could explain it better.

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  4 years ago

      Very nice comment, thank you P Adler!!

  • Nadia Nichols
    Nadia Nichols 2 years ago +3

    Thank you! Very helpful. I live way off the beaten path and no plumber will come here when it involves a long snowmobile ride into the north woods, so I'm about to tackle my plumbing emergency myself, thanks to your video. Fingers crossed.

    • A V
      A V 2 years ago +2

      Hope it went well!

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  2 years ago

      My pleasure man, glad you liked it, don't forget to subscribe and share, it helps a lot :)

  • Randy S
    Randy S 9 months ago +3

    Nice video. I really appreciate you getting right to the point and not forcing viewers to watch opening packages and talk about how many bristles are on your flux brush Great job.

  • hayden wood
    hayden wood 10 months ago +2

    Thanks for this man, Just started my plumbing course so it’s nice to get some clarification from easy to understand videos

  • Cam B
    Cam B 4 months ago +1

    Great and to the point as per usual! Just what I needed. Thanks man!

  • S Erskine
    S Erskine 3 years ago +4

    Well Done! Exceptionally well produced video covering the subject thoroughly and professionally without wasting any time. I liked the cutaways and x-ray illustrations to show what goes on inside the joints.

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  3 years ago +1

      Thank you so much for the great comment, a lot of work went into this video, I am glad you enjoyed it ;)

    BLACKBEARD Year ago +8

    I just wanted to say thanks! We hired a so called plumber to come repair a leak in our wall. I told him I wanted to go back with copper pipe. He went and purchased $200 in shark bite fittings and the leak was even worse. Today I took all of that out and used your videos to repair the way I wanted it. The soldered joints don’t look that good but are holding strong. Again, thank you for the videos.

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  Year ago +2

      Awesome blackbird, so glad I could help :-)

  • Peter
    Peter 2 years ago +1

    Thanks. I have just soldered first 2 fittings onto copper pipe in my life and it worked out perfectly. Tested with 4bars water pressure and without any leaks.

  • James Scott
    James Scott 2 years ago +1

    This was very well done, fast and to the point. I do not get why or how you got any negative reviews at all. Very easy to follow and very clear to the point visuals. Perfect! You would think that people would appreciate any free education they can get. Anyways dont take the negative reviews personally, as you did an amazing job with this video.

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  2 years ago

      Thank you so much James, really appreciate it!!

  • J Mi
    J Mi Year ago +1

    Outstanding video! Useful information presented quickly. Really well conceived and edited.

  • young corleone
    young corleone 3 years ago +3

    Great video dude , explained the basics , and straight to the point. I'll be soldering soon and this is good advice. Awesome. 😉

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  3 years ago

      Thanks a lot buddy, hope everything goes well ;)

  • Jason Amundson
    Jason Amundson 2 years ago +4

    Apply the solder opposite of the heat source for the most effective way for the solder to wick into the joint.

  • Robert Riggs
    Robert Riggs 3 years ago +43

    You always prep new fittings because they are shipped with a coating to stop any oxidation before being purchased. So they must be cleaned and sanded.

  • Leiron Aelrion
    Leiron Aelrion 3 years ago +70

    Proper cleaning and preparation is the key. No dirt, grease, wax, petina etc on the copper.
    Reaming is also important. Small burrs can cause premature failure in a closed system.
    Good flux with a clean brush is also very important - ive seen welds fail due to a fallen off brush bristle.
    If doing a repair on a wet line remember, water is your enemy. Water will prevent a proper weld. Always remove any water from the lines and dry them thoroughly.
    When heating a joint always begin to solder at the opposite side of the heat, but also do not overheat the joint. When the joint is hot enough you'll be able to touch the solder to the joint and capillary action will pull it into the entire joint as the flux is flashed off and creates a vacuum draw.
    Never try to prematurely cool your welded joint unless you know what you're doing (IE: a professional) rapid cooling at the wrong moment will ruin your work.
    Always dry fit and inspect your connections before you solder them! A piece of warped copper can cause even the most experienced plumber to have a bad day.

    Most importantly, dont rush your work. Proper cleaning and preparation is the absolute key. It only takes a few seconds to sweat a 1/2" joint, even the sloppiest DIYer will succeed at this if they dedicate to prep prep prep!

    Old plumbers are old plumbers for a reason, so pay attention to their wisdom! But remember, old trademen have an almost religious approach to their work 😀

    • Oshane Hinds
      Oshane Hinds Year ago


    • Eugene A
      Eugene A 2 years ago

      What is reaming in soldering copper pipes?

    • jhitt79
      jhitt79 3 years ago +1

      It's not welding.

    • Bit Poppa
      Bit Poppa 3 years ago

      @LT's Garage you're a funny guy

    • Bit Poppa
      Bit Poppa 3 years ago

      @LT's Garage are you triggered? Ha

  • 00UncommonSense00
    00UncommonSense00 2 years ago +1

    I have done many copper pipes and the one thing I never considered was heating from the bottom up. It makes so much sense, yet I never even thought about it. Much respect.

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  2 years ago

      My pleasure man, glad you liked it, don't forget to subscribe and share, it helps a lot :)

  • joel nyhoff
    joel nyhoff 3 years ago +1

    There's only two things I would add to this. First, when using your fitting brush to clean the fittings, only turn the brush clockwise. Turning it back and forth can ruin a new brush real quick. Second, be generous with the flux. Some people say that you only need so much. But flux can burn out when it gets too hot and this can cause a leak because the solder won't take if there's no flux. So get a good generous amount on both your pipe and fittings. Otherwise you'll be chasing a lot of leaks.

    • Skill Builder
      Skill Builder 3 years ago

      Hi Joel
      I tend to be generous with the flux but I get a lot of stick from other plumbers who are looking to keep all the solder in the fitting and have no runs. Often I dip the solder in the flux just before I touch it in.

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  3 years ago

      Thank you for your input, much appreciated ;)

  • bradman Swag
    bradman Swag 3 years ago

    You want to heat the entire fitting. Start heating all over the fitting until it is warmed up then heat the middle of the fitting. Test if your fitting is hot enough by checking on the farthest point from where you are heating. As soon as it melts remove the torch (you can over heat) and fill all joints quickly.

  • James Estabrook
    James Estabrook 5 months ago +1

    Absolutely straight forward and informative video with ZERO bull$*!!. Subscribed without hesitation.

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  5 months ago

      Thanks a million James!!!! 👊👊👊

  • a s
    a s 2 years ago +5

    Outstanding video! This is how instructional videos should be made.

    Quick. To the point. Covered the information in adequate detail. And did all of this without any lengthy bullshit introduction or rambling.

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  2 years ago

      Thanks so much @a s, I really appreciate your comment buddy. If you wanna see 2 other good videos on soldering, here they are:

  • Dennis Truong
    Dennis Truong Year ago +1

    OMG this was incredible. I learned to solder from your video and have successfully replaced a water softener. Thank you so much for posting this awesome video.

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  Year ago

      You are most welcome, please share if you can, it helps the channel tremendously ✌✌

  • Amol Borkar
    Amol Borkar Year ago +1

    This video is very helpful. Could you do a follow up segment on how much gas to release so that flame is of the correct length and also how far to hold the flame from the joint for proper solder?

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  Year ago

      Thank you so much! Basically, the inner flame (smaller blue cone) is the hottest part of the flame and it's what should be used to heat the joint. I also keep the flame in contact with the joint that I am soldering and I get the best results like that.

  • EC4400
    EC4400 3 years ago +1

    Very good video. Excellent explanation and demonstration. I now think I understand how the process works. Thanks.

    • Les Chandelles de la Cabane
      Les Chandelles de la Cabane 3 years ago

      Thanks a lot EC4400, please like and share the video if you can it helps keep the channel healthy ;)

  • StratoCentric
    StratoCentric 12 days ago +1

    Great stuff! Well edited to provide the information in a timely manner! Great Job!

  • Mick Jager
    Mick Jager 2 years ago +2

    I think what really pulls in the solder is because in that the small space as the flux Boils off (evaporates) it creates a vacuum that pulls in the liquid solder. Big thing I was told when learning to is heat the fitting not the solder. Once the fittings hot enough touching the solder to it will melt the solder then vacuum will pull it in.

  • Rachel Speer
    Rachel Speer 3 months ago

    Thank you for this video!!!!! To the point, informative and thank you for explaining why you need to do certain things!!

  • Sirios Star
    Sirios Star 3 years ago +29

    Finally a " How To " video where the guy actually knows what he is talking about.
    Great video. excellent camera work, text and delivery. 👍👍👍

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  3 years ago +1

      Thx a lot buddy, great comment! Please share if you can ;)

  • Dan Archer
    Dan Archer Year ago +1

    My best friend is a plumber and my father is a Certified Master Plumber here in Texas. Unfortunately none of this skill rubbed off on me. Both told me that this can be very difficult to do correctly, This video is an AWESOME explanation of Sweating copper joints. Thank yo for posting this. I'm ready to go try it...... with supervision of coursw. My wife would kill all 3 of us if I burnt down the house!!

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  Year ago

      Hehe awesome comment man, thank you so much Dan :)

  • Nooby Vapor
    Nooby Vapor 11 months ago +3

    Around 10PM here in Louisanna and I have water to my house now after having my water heater pipe burst due to the recent cold snap down here. I couldn't have done it without your excellent tutorial. Thank you so much.

  • Dhi 2667
    Dhi 2667 2 years ago +14

    As a beginner in soldering, keep making these videos, excellent job, only question is: could you explain how pin whole are created and if there is any tips to check yourself that you soldered the copper pipe correctly just for practice. Connecting is somehow to a hose. Thanks

    • Tone
      Tone 2 years ago +1

      @Ace 743 how do you do this?

    • Ace 743
      Ace 743 2 years ago

      Mark Bronson use an air compressor to test it prior to turning the water back on.

    • Rick Schroeder
      Rick Schroeder 2 years ago +1

      Most likely from too much heat. You’re boiling the solder.

  • Riding with Roscoe
    Riding with Roscoe 2 years ago +1

    I like how concise and informative this video was. Thanks for posting this!

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  2 years ago

      Thanks for the great comment Brian!!

  • Gill M
    Gill M 2 months ago +1

    One of the best educational videos I've seen on anything. Packed with information no overbearing music. Thank you.

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  2 months ago

      Glad it was helpful Gill!!!!

  • Woody Woodlstein
    Woody Woodlstein 3 years ago +1

    That’s a good complete , substantive video. What and why. And I’ll remember everything you taught. Because you gave reasons for things.
    And I liked how you showed if you f’d up you can still complete it without having to cut it out and start over completely. Also I didn’t know that cleaning it after is just as important as cleaning it before.

    • Got2Play
      Got2Play 3 years ago

      Yes, flux is "acid". If not cleaned, it'll eat up the pipe and eventually make a small pin hole in the pipe, that's when problems start ;)

  • Nunyo Business
    Nunyo Business Year ago +1

    Got2Learn - Beautifully done and explained! You are a master! Thank you, sir!
    One question: does the torch get hot enough to melt the copper (can you damage the copper with the torch)?

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  Year ago


    • Nunyo Business
      Nunyo Business Year ago +1

      @Got2Learn Thank you! ;-)

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  Year ago +1

      Yeah, too much heat could anneal the copper, don't over heat, thanks man!!!!

  • Mary Sherwood
    Mary Sherwood 3 years ago +1

    what an excellent, clear and informative demonstration. thank you for posting it.

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  3 years ago

      My pleasure! I have another one like this coming up but it'll be in a confined space, stay tuned :)

  • Mr. Jimmy
    Mr. Jimmy 8 months ago +1

    Great video!....I've also heard that the pipe joints must be dry inside (no moisture) or the solder won't stick....this (I guess) would be included in the preparation step. Again, thank you so much for the video.

  • Anton Swanepoel
    Anton Swanepoel Year ago +1

    Just want to say thank you for a great video. I have never soldered copper pipes before (or any pipe for that matter). When my sister's geyser packed up, she wanted the new one outside the house as the cost of removing roof tiles to get a new one in was just too much. She also did not have the money for a plumber, so i stepped in. I had to run pipes from the original geyser to outside and back. In total, 12 meter of pipe, 3 T fittings, and 20 elbow joints. I was a bit nervous being my fist time installing a geyser with no plumbing training. Just your RUclip videos. Turned on the water today after soldering the last joint, and was shocked to find that no fitting leaked. Thank you a lot.

  • 2muchspl
    2muchspl 3 years ago +1

    Thank you for the video and various commentors about reaming ends & watching the heat. I know some of them seem preachy but you guys really help DIYers who've understands the process but never seen it done. Good job everyone!!

    • oliv vapor
      oliv vapor 3 years ago +2

      That is the smartest comment, ever ...

  • Alan Fletcher
    Alan Fletcher 2 years ago +1

    Thankyou for explaining everything in great detail, also for getting strait to the point. Excellent video

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  2 years ago


    • Alan Fletcher
      Alan Fletcher 2 years ago +1

      @Got2Learn too late already did

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  2 years ago +1

      My pleasure man, glad you liked it, don't forget to subscribe and share, it helps a lot :)

  • Phil March
    Phil March Year ago +1

    This is great! Love the clear video and narration and inside tips. Kudos!

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  Year ago

      Thanks Phil, really appreciate it!

  • anth0r
    anth0r 4 years ago +10

    I’m a plumber, I like this video. You explained everything perfectly. It’s the same way I was taught. It’s excellent. Thanks man!

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  4 years ago

      anth0r Thanks for the nice comment anth0r, really appreciate it, have a good one ;)

  • Weekend Handyman
    Weekend Handyman Year ago +1

    Great Video ... Thank you. Just wondering what kind of fasteners use to attach your 2 hole copper pipe straps. I would like to use deck screws, but am not sure if that creates a problem with corrosion. They come with copper nails, but I wonder if they would work loose over time.

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  Year ago

      Yeah the best thing is to use the nails but I used normal deck screws on the straps, is it ok? Probably not.

  • John Johnson
    John Johnson Year ago +4

    Thanks, Got2Learn!! This was a great refresher on soldering. I'll be doing a few joints tonight!

  • William B
    William B 2 years ago +2

    Got2learn, people such as yourself are champions when your special educative videos are so clear and precise. Well done Got2Learn.

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  2 years ago

      My pleasure man, glad you liked it, don't forget to subscribe and share, it helps a lot :)

  • Alta Ego
    Alta Ego 2 months ago +6

    I literally just watched this and successfully soldered copper pipe into a steel housing fora coolant line that goes on an industrial blade grinder for our CNC machines!! THANK YOU!!

  • Set-Hyo
    Set-Hyo 3 years ago +32

    Wow I been working for 3 year in the industry and no one ever explained it as good as you thank you

    • Donald jones
      Donald jones 7 months ago +1

      They never explained it this good bc they don't want you passing them up sorry bastards

    • Spike Sharp
      Spike Sharp 9 months ago +2

      You need to work for a real plumber then.....

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  3 years ago +1

      Glad I was able to help you ;)

  • derek hess
    derek hess Year ago +1

    Love the video, one suggestion that almost no one brings to attention, is the water aspect. Most DIY folks are dealing with renovation other than new construction. With that comes residual water. As you know that makes things harder or requires more steps. Just a suggestion but I would add that step into this type of video. Good luck

  • joehoffrage
    joehoffrage Year ago +1

    Excellent overview!!! Knew 0 about soldering or sweating copper, but now have an idea of what it’s all about! 👍

  • Charles Morgan
    Charles Morgan Year ago +1

    perfect, straightforward video. Just what i needed. Thank you.

  • Blackbird metal detecting

    I was taught by an old plumber , he stated that there is always a gap between pipe and fitting that's why you're able to put the fitting over pipe there for you have to heat the pipe first to swell it closed against the fitting then switch over to fitting to have a proper soldering joint, and of course always rimm your pipe , the inspector when you take your exam will check to see what side of your soldering joint you heated first ,

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  2 years ago

      Good tips, thanks buddy!!#

  • Jim Hill
    Jim Hill 2 years ago +2

    A good basic diy from a professional. Yes, more please.

  • acgeopunk
    acgeopunk 3 years ago +1

    Great video because he actually explains the reasons for the various steps and techniques, like using flux and heating from the bottom.

    • Got2Play
      Got2Play 3 years ago

      Thanks a lot man, please like and share the video if you can it helps keep the channel healthy ;)

  • Hashem N
    Hashem N 3 years ago +6

    Nice video. Thanks.
    I read that flux (a form of acid) eats away a very small amount of copper surface to further clean the pieces to be soldered. I too agree with reaming. Copper pipe is solid and cannot be bent. Copper tube can be bent to different form, is the difference. since it was asked by a viewer.

    • Jack Straw
      Jack Straw 2 years ago +2

      Hashem N actually both can be bent (with a tubing bender). Copper pipe is designated as copper water tube. You may be thinking of soft copper which is copper that is not annealed yet, usually used for refrigeration lines. This can be bent by hand easily.

  • Love Of The Grain Workshop

    Awesome video. Simple precise and easy to understand. Planning on using a bunch of leftover fittings I have to make a steampunk style lamp. Thanks

    • Got2Play
      Got2Play 3 years ago

      This will surely help! Thanks for the comment!

  • R Graz
    R Graz 10 months ago +2

    These are great videos. I found some of my Dads old lead free solder rolls in the basement but they have like a white corrosion or oxidation on it. Can I still use it? Also I found some of his old flux. Does the flux have a shelf life? I bet this stuff is over 20 years old. Thanks so much

    • Got2Learn
      Got2Learn  10 months ago +3

      Might wanna get some new solder/flux, those 2 need to be super clean for them to work, cheers 🤘🤘🤘