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Copper Soldering Tools

Our solder is 2014 Federal Safe Drinking Water Act compliant

You won't find a better selection of high quality solder and flux, copper fittings, and other copper-related products anywhere on the Internet. We also offer PVC, brass, and stainless steel fittings - all with NO minimums. Get all the fittings, connectors, and other products you need, when you need them, at PlumbingSupply.com®!


A quick note about copper and lead...

If your home has copper water piping and those pipes were installed before 1986, your copper pipe/fittings were generally joined or soldered together with "50/50" solder. 50/50 solder was comprised of 50% lead and 50% tin and had been used by the majority of plumbers to join copper pipe and fittings for many decades. For homes that have 50/50 solder in their water piping we recommend that you install and use a lead removal filter for your drinking water. Lead has been determined to have significant negative impacts on health, especially for children, and there is no safe level determined for human consumption.

For more information about what lead free laws mean for you and frequently asked questions about lead in plumbing, click here.




Solder


solder

Order 3 pounds/rolls of solder and receive an additional 10% off of your solder
Order 8 rolls get 15% off instead; order a full box of 25 rolls (lbs) and get 20% off

Solder - 1lb Roll for potable/drinking water = $29.49

Have a small job and don't need a full roll? We offer solder by the foot, too!

Solder - price per foot = $1.59

Order 10 feet or more of the same item for additional savings!
Pricing discounts will be shown in the shopping cart.


Flux


Nokorode flux
Laco flux
acid brush
Item Description Features Price & Quantity
Laco flux - 2oz Meets ASTM B813 standards - non acid, non toxic - won't leave residue in water piping - works with all lead-free and common soft solders - use with copper, brass, galvanized iron, lead, zinc, tin, silver, nickel, mild steel, malleable iron, terne plate $4.39
Laco flux - 4oz $6.59
Nokorode flux - 1.7oz Won't freeze or decompose - odorless, lead free and acid free - works on all solder alloys: 95/5, 60/40, 50/50, 40/60 - good for use on copper, tin, zinc, brass, nickel, and sheet lead $2.54
Nokorode flux - 1lb $9.97
Flux / Acid brush  -   Order 12, 60, or 144 of these brushes for additional savings! $0.37

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Inside Fitting and Outside Tube Copper Cleaning Brushes


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Tee handle fitting brushtee handle inside fitting
fitting brushoutside tubing

Item Description Price & Quantity
"Inside" Fitting Cleaning Brushes
1/2" $2.62
3/4" $2.82
1" $3.39
1-1/4" $3.69
1-1/2" $3.85
2" $4.11
Tee Handle "Inside" Cleaning Brush
3/4" $2.79
"Outside" Tube Cleaning Brushes
1/2" $4.84
3/4" $5.44
1" $6.04

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"Inside" Fitting Power Drill Cleaning Brushes


Ideal for cleaning copper fittings, battery cables and terminals, paint and rust removal and many other uses

Image Fitting Size / Description Price & Quantity
Deluxe Power Drill Brush Deluxe high carbon spring steel brushes with hex shaft
- Shaft designed to fit 1/4" and 1/2" power drill chucks
- Includes: 1 Each 1/2" and 1 Each 3/4" brush
$11.17
Power Drill Brush 1/2" Basic carbon steel brush $1.51
3/4" Basic carbon steel brush $1.61
1" Basic carbon steel brush $1.91

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4-In-1 Brush Tool


4-in-1 brush tool
Features:
  • Includes long lasting high carbon steel brushes for cleaning the inside diameter, and hand tempered steel for cleaning the outside diameter of 1/2" and 3/4" copper tube and fittings

4-In-1 Brush Tool - $13.22

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Sandcloth


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wet and dry sandclothwet/dry sandcloth
open mesh sandclothopen mesh sandcloth
cleaning pad for coppercopper cleaning pad

Item Description Price & Quantity
Sand Cloth - 120 grit - aluminum oxide
1-1/2" x 2 yards $0.99
Wet/Dry Sand Cloth - 120 grit - 100% waterproof - unaffected by cutting oil, grease or water
1-1/2" x 5 yards $4.59
Special Open Mesh Sand Cloth - 180 grit - waterproof - rinsable when mesh filled with debris
1-1/2" x 1 feet $1.77
1-1/2" x 2 Yds (6 feet) $3.99
1-1/2" x 5 Yds (15 feet) $6.75
Copper Cleaning Pads - 1/4" fine grit - nylon - tight weave
4" x 6" (per pad) $1.29

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TurboTorch  EXTREME Self-Igniting Torch


Turbotorch TX-503TX503 shown
Features:
  • Extreme swirl technology creates higher heat levels in a short time
  • Generates more heat for faster brazing and less gas consumption
  • Burns both propane and MAPP® gas (without tip conversion)
  • Preferred by Professional Plumbers
  • Adjustable flame for easy control of heat output for fine tuning different applications
  • Self lighting convenience (push the trigger and it's on)
  • Piezo trigger igniter (no matches or flint striker required)
  • Handy lock-on feature for continuous flame when needed
  • TX-503 and TX-504 tips are interchangeable
  • Quick disconnect coupling between handle and tip
  • Stainless steel torch barrel
  • Comparison chart for TX-503 and TX-504
Special Fall Promo! On sale through November 30, 2016
Description Price & Quantity
TX-500 Extreme Self-igniting Torch - adjustable flame
- includes 503 and 504 quick connect tips
$89.96
TX-503 Extreme Self-igniting Torch - adjustable flame $69.95
TX-504 Extreme Self-igniting Torch - adjustable flame $79.97
TXC-504 Extreme Self-igniting Torch - adjustable flame WITH CASE $129.68
TXK-504 Extreme Self-igniting Torch - adjustable flame - includes TX-504 torch, adapter, hose, and regulator $229.92
Replacement Parts
T-503 Quick disconnect Tip ONLY for Extreme TX-503 $49.68
T-504 Quick disconnect Tip ONLY for Extreme TX-504 $54.29

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Turbo Torch Extreme Comparison Chart

Comparison Details TX-503 TX-504
with Propane with MAPP Gas with Propane with MAPP Gas
Soft Solder Pipe Sizes 1/8" - 2" 1/8" - 3" 3/4" - 3" 3/4" - 4"
Silver Brazes Pipe Sizes 1/16" - 3/4" 1/16" - 1" 1/4" - 1" 1/4" - 1-1/4"

TurboSkill Self-Igniting Torch


TurboSkill SK-7000 Torch
Features:
  • Ideal for soft soldering or brazing copper, brass, bronze, and aluminum
  • Burns both propane and MAPP® gas (without changing the orifice)
  • Built in piezo igniter for instant flame (no matches or flint striker required)
  • Swirl combustion design creates higher heat levels to help reduce brazing times
  • Non-adjustable flame provides the same even heat every time
  • 180° swivel tip for easy maneuvering
  • Easy operation. Push the trigger and it's on
  • Trigger locks for safety
  • UL listed
TurboSkill Self Igniting Torch = $59.94

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Swedging Tool


swedge tool for copper
Features:
  • For copper Type M pipe
  • Use a hammer to expand the inside end of a type M copper pipe so another piece of copper pipe will fit into it for soldering
  • Used in place of couplings

Swedging Tool - $11.85

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. "I can't seem to get my solder to stick to copper?"
A. We are assuming you are using the quality solder and flux that we sell on this page. If not, and you purchased that elsewhere then you might want to look at the products that you're using as an issue as they may not be of the same quality or compatibility and our advice that we are about to give might not mean much. Both of the fluxes that we offer are very compatible with the solder that we offer.

You must first clean both the fitting and the pipe. No matter how clean and new the fittings and pipe look, you must clean them (with sand cloth, mesh pad or brush designed for this). Then use a quality flux specifically designed for that solder. DON'T overheat. Most beginners tend to overheat the fitting/joint. There is a small melting (liquid) range of the solder. Once it flows (the solder gets into its liquid state) do not raise the temperature of the solder as you could raise it to a level where it will no longer be able to flow. Then you will probably assume that since it won't flow, it must not be hot enough and you will continue to heat it. A common mistake for soldering beginners. So as soon as you see the solder melting take the flame away but keep the solder in place. The solder will continue to melt into the fitting. Tip: Always heat the area where you want the solder to flow to.

Q. "Isn't lead dangerous?"
A. Using lead products for drinking water is against all U.S. codes and not advised. Using lead for flashings is hard to beat as lead is the most durable flashing that we know of (although some areas now do not want you to use it due to children playing with it as well as a small potential is there to contaminate our environment with too much lead). You should wash your hands after using lead products and many recommend using gloves. Lead isn't like mercury and it won't go into your body just by holding it but if a child nibbles on it or you place your hands in your mouth after touching a lead product you could ingest some lead. We don't recommend using lead products for anything.

Q. "I'm hearing a lot about lead-free these days. What does that have to do with plumbing products and how does the new lead-free legislation affect me?"
A. Basically, the laws implemented Jan. 1st, 2014 require plumbing products that come in contact with drinking water to be "essentially lead free" (less than 0.25% weighted average). For further information about how the law determines what is "lead free", rules regarding which plumbing products must be "lead free", and who these laws will affect, please click here.

Q. "Has lead been used a lot in water lines in the past?"
A. Yes. Even the word "plumber" is a derivative from the word lead. We understand that Chicago required lead water service line until about 1987 (if true, so much for code and local traditions rather than health concerns). The State of California had one of the first strong anti-lead campaigns. Now lead is not allowed in any water service anywhere in the U.S.. If you see a lead water pipe we highly recommend replacing it. If it isn't yours we recommend reporting that to your local health officials.

Q. "If my flux is lead free and meets the low-lead requirement of 2014 Federal Safe Drinking Water Act then why must it also meet the requirements of ASTM B813?"
A. ASTM B813 is more environmentally stringent than just lead free. It regulates and forbids the release of toxic fumes created during soldering. It also prohibits the release of toxic or corrosive substances into the water as a result of flux residue inside or outside a potable water system after soldering is completed. The flux residue must be able to be flushed out of the system with water.


A quick note about copper and lead...

If your home has copper water piping and those pipes were installed before 1986, your copper pipe/fittings were generally joined or soldered together with "50/50" solder. 50/50 solder was comprised of 50% lead and 50% tin and had been used by the majority of plumbers to join copper pipe and fittings for many decades. For homes that have 50/50 solder in their water piping we recommend that you install and use a lead removal filter for your drinking water. Lead has been determined to have significant negative impacts on health, especially for children, and there is no safe level determined for human consumption.

For more information about what lead free laws mean for you and frequently asked questions about lead in plumbing, click here.


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