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Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by larco, 13 May 2009.

  1. larco

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    1) compression fitting

    2) plastic pushfit

    3) soldering copper.

    I've had some practice at soldering a joint during an onc plumbing course but i still manage to slightly overheat the pipe and spill the solder.

    These plastic pushfit look the business but i've heard bad things about them.

    Is compression fitting the answer? Can these pop out like i've heard the plastic ones do?

    many thanks
     
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  3. bengasman

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    Never compression unless it is exposed.

    Pushfit is fine, especially if you carefully deburr and mark the depth on copper pipe. Choose a proper brand though and don't mix makes.

    Soldering is strongest if done properly; if not done perfectly, it is probably the worst of the three.
     
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    solder
     
  5. larco

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    this is an exposed run under a kitchen unit. i'm getting rid of an outdie tap that ts off the run. So I need to connect the cut pipe via something.
    Any advice in terms of pushfit make?
     
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    I use polyplumb, not the easiest to work with, but a lot sturdier than speedfit.
    Speed fit can be undone and redone, once polyplumb is on, it stays on.
     
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    John Guest Speedfit for me.
     
  8. kevplumb

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    yes ive known it

    it was a 3"" boiler feed

    great fun

    if you can solder then do it

    if your not sure practice ;)

    tip turn the lamp down and keep it moving

    you don't have to make a joint in 15 sec

    that takes years :LOL:
     
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    Solder!
     
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    Hep20 for me!

    Great so we've made a list of pretty much all possible methods of plumbing. That'll help the OP decide what's best for him ;) :LOL:
     
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    if you can run hep as neat as i can run copper your a better man than me gunga din ;)
     
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    Never heard of that brand pushfits.
     
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    Solder![/quote]

    Never heard of that brand pushfits.[/quote]

    OK. Yorkshire endex - push until the pipe fits snugly, then solder ;)
     
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    practise soldering more till your skills at it improve.

    Thats the way to go.
     
  17. bengasman

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    oforgodsake give the man a break.
    He is gonna do one single job, if he has to spend 50 quid on a torch and 6 hours practice, he might as well get pjotr in to do it for him
     
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