best no solder connectors for copper pipe?

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  1. Sup9

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    I'm looking to install a water softener myself, been watching the installation videos and seems simple enough as DIY job. Just trying to decide whether I want to learn soldering the or not. Is there a reliable connector that does not require soldering? Ideally can be used for central heating too as I plan to change a few radiators too. If definitely a no go I 'll consider the soldering option - will need some more time to prepare and learn though.
     
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    Push fit or compression.
     
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    JG Speedfit are good. Had no issues with them myself and you can get superseal inserts for them too. If you can't solder now i'd go for the Speedfit. Plumbers etc make it look so easy and it either me being crap at it or more likely it a skill you perfect over time.
     
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    Tectight are good, dont use plastic fittings they are terrible to look at, and you dont need any inserts with copper pipe
     
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    Press fit fittings are the most reliable non solder option. You can hire a pressing machine from most good hire centres
     
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    Be honest Andy, if you were DIY would you buy two tectite fittings probably at the same cost as pressfit and hire a machine that you have no experience of using, or just buy the Tectite and push them on ?
     
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    Amalgamating super glue gorilla gaffa putty tape - wonderous stuff ....... :whistle:
     
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    All kidding aside Rab I done a job recently in a whisky distillery and the maintenance lads in there used a self amalgamating tape, they gave me some, so impressed with it, I am a sad git that used to love amalgamating Denso tape but this stuff is something else, not for leaks obviously but very impressive stuff
     
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    Tectite all the way, but he asked for "best", so I think my answer was accurate ;)
     
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    yup ... some of that stuff, especially the old type denso oiled/putty impregnated tape, the stuff they used to use around the spigot to cast joins on the old toilets was brilliant as far as a non setting but easily waterproof jointing tape was concerned. Still come across it now and again these days on old toilet or basin to cast connections.
     
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    Best for a diyer not a pro he wouldn't know where to start what fitting to get nor where to hire a pressing machine. ...come on confess bloody ridiculous smart Alec answer and no help whatsoever !!!!
     
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    Use push fit speedfit from screwfix. Do a dry run before you attempt it. www.johnguest.com/speedfit/https://

    Forget soldering if youve never done it before and get a pipeslice to cut the pipe https://www.screwfix.com/p/bahco-15mm-automatic-copper-pipe-cutter/1838k

    Measure twice cut once.
     
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    I had a look at the press tools, cordless (18v) is very expensive. I see there are manual ones for under 200, will these be any good? will probably only need 15mm and 22mm tools (or 15mm only as I only have incoming pipe as 22mm then all 15mm after the mains valve).

    Is it worth to get one of these press tool so I can do some plumbing work every now and then? or better value just go for the Speedfit/Tectite?
     
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    Either of these for me.
     
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    How do you rate the Tectite classic vs Sprint? I see both versions are available from screwfix.

    They also sell the inserts but for 10mm only, should I also get the insert for 15/22mm fittings?
     
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