Solder chrome pipes

25 Feb 2006
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United Kingdom
is it possible to solder chrome radiator tails to copper elbows? i'm putting a towel radiator in the bathroom and want to bring chrome piping out of the wall at right angles i would like to solder them rather than compression joints as they will eventually be behind tiles.
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If you clean the chrome off the pipe to bare the copper you can solder joints onto them.You can or could buy extended tails for Mira 915 showers which were chromed soldered 90' bends probably 4 or 5 inches long. There may be something at the merchants pre made for you.
why not use compression and save your self the hassle??????????????
it was more a case of "could" you solder copper to chrome as no-one seems to have a definative answer
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IIRC chrome is cleaned off brass and copper with hydrochloric acid. Some toilet cleaners contain it and this results in chrome parts losing their finish.
shouldn't.....u can place a wet cloth a bit further up the pipe so the heat transfer is not to bad and the exposed bit should be fine (i'm assuming the elbow is going under the floor boards so that will give u an inch or more to play with
I like this clean the chrome off business. You mean, file it off, attack it with scratch mat, file it some more and then it'll still leak.

Chrome pipe covers ;)

have u not got a special cloth to wipe chrome off ? ;)
took all the advise onboard, ground the chrome off used a wet cloth, no leaks and posh looking tails coming ou the wall ready for tiling
thanks all
why not use tectight ( brass pushfit ) can get from b&q and are more reliable than removing the chrome from the pipe and soldering

he must be a mirage, you cant use push fit on chrome mate, well you can but you have to remove the chrome

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