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Copper Soldering Tools

Our solder is 2014 Federal Safe Drinking Water Act compliant

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Solder

Lead-free solder for sweating copper pipe and fittings in potable drinking water systems
Solder
Features:
  • Melting range: 403°F. - 453°F.
  • Pasty range: 50°F.
  • 96% tin/bismuth, 2% copper, 2% silver
  • Works with all copper and brass alloys (NOT for use with stainless steel)
  • Meets ASTM B32 requirements
  • Compliant with 2014 Federal Safe Drinking Water Act lead-free requirements
  • Proudly made in the USA USA flag button
1 lb. Roll of Solder - $31.43
Order 3 rolls of solder and receive an additional 10% off of your solder. Order 8 rolls get 15% off, OR order a full box of 25 rolls (lbs) and get 20% off!
Have a small job and don't need a full roll? We offer solder by the foot too!
1 ft. of Solder - $1.84
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Nokorode Aqua Flux

This flux by RectorSeal features:
  • Meets ASTM B-813 standards requiring that fluxes be water "washable" and can be flushed from the piping system to prevent corrosion
  • Exceeds lead-free standards of 2014 Federal Safe Drinking Water Act
  • Certified to NSF/ANSI 61 Annex G in compliance with AB 1953 requirements, making it suitable for use with the silicon family of metal alloy products
  • Works on all types of soft solder alloys, including 95/5, 60/40, 50/50, and 40/60 - good for use on copper, tin, zinc, brass, nickel, and sheet lead
  • Smooth paste won't run or drip off brushes, pipes, and fittings during application
  • Won't freeze or decompose - stays soft when cold and stiff when warm
  • Resists burning and will not separate if exposed to extreme heat - safe enough for use in installing fire sprinkler and heating systems
  • Available in two sizes so you can order only what you need
4oz. Nokorode Aqua Flux - $12.90
16oz. Nokorode Aqua Flux - $24.11
Add a flux / acid brush to your order - $0.42
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Nokorode Regular Paste Flux

This flux by RectorSeal features:
  • Meets lead-free standards of 2014 Federal Safe Drinking Water Act
  • Certified to NSF/ANSI 61 Annex G in compliance with AB 1953 requirements, making it suitable for use with the silicon family of metal alloy products
  • Works on all types of soft solder alloys, including 95/5, 60/40, 50/50, and 40/60 - good for use on copper, tin, zinc, brass, nickel, and sheet lead
  • Special oil base protects the solder joint against corrosive attack
  • Won't freeze or decompose - stays soft when cold and stiff when warm
  • Low scorching and low spattering, flows easily and uniformly into joints
  • Available in two sizes so you can order only what you need
1.7 oz. Regular Flux - $2.91
1 lb. (16oz.) Regular Flux - $10.99
Add a flux / acid brush to your order - $0.42
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Laco Regular Paste Flux

Laco soldering flux - 2oz.
This flux features:
  • Meets ASTM B-813 standards requiring that fluxes be water-soluble to help prevent corrosion
  • Meets lead-free standards of 2014 Federal Safe Drinking Water Act
  • 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
  • Non-acid, non-toxic, and lead-free to eliminate safety concerns
  • All-weather formula for use in hot and cold climates
2oz. Laco Regular Flux - $4.92
Limited to stock! Get yours while supplies last
Add a flux / acid brush to your order - $0.42
Order 12, 60, or 144 of these brushes for additional savings!
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Copper Cleaning Brushes

Inside Fitting Brush

fitting brush
  • 1/2" $3.01
  • 3/4" $3.25
  • 1" $3.80
  • 1-1/4" $4.12
  • 1-1/2" $4.32
  • 2" $4.60
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Tee Handle Inside Fitting Brush

Tee handle fitting brush
  • 3/4" $3.20
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Outside Tubing Brush

fitting brush
  • 1/2" $5.42
  • 3/4" $5.98
  • 1" $6.67
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4-In-1 Brush Tool

4-in-1 brush tool
This soldering brush features:
  • Long lasting high carbon steel brushes for cleaning the inside of your fittings
  • Hand tempered steel for cleaning the outside diameter of 1/2" and 3/4" copper tube and fittings
  • All-in-one design means you only need to carry one brush - quick and easy to find
4-In-1 Brush Tool - $14.33
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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. Shafts designed to fit 1/4" through 1/2" power drill chucks.

Deluxe High Carbon Spring Steel Brushes

Deluxe Power Drill Brush
  • 1/2" & 3/4" Set $12.09
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Basic Carbon Steel Brushes

Power Drill Brush
  • 1/2" $1.74
  • 3/4" $1.85
  • 1" $2.19
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Sandcloth

sandcloth

Basic Sand Cloth

  • 120 grit
  • Aluminum oxide
1-1/2" wide x 2 yards (6 feet) long $1.14
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wet and dry sandcloth

Wet/Dry Sand Cloth

  • 120 grit
  • 100% waterproof
  • Unaffected by cutting oil, grease, or water
1-1/2" wide x 5 yards (15 feet) long $5.16
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open mesh sandcloth

Special Open Mesh Sand Cloth

  • 180 grit
  • 100% waterproof
  • Rinsable when mesh gets filled with debris
  • Available in three lengths
1-1/2" wide x
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cleaning pad for copper

Copper Cleaning Pad

  • 1/4" fine grit
  • Tight weave nylon construction
  • Sold individually
4" x 6" pad - $1.79
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TurboTorch EXTREME Self-Igniting Torch

TurboTorch Extreme TX-500 with 503 and 504 tips
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
  • Fits directly onto propane or gas canister, or choose the complete kit with hose, adapter, and regulator for work in tight spaces
  • Comparison chart for TX-503 and TX-504
Model Description Price & Quantity
TX-500 Extreme Self-igniting Torch - includes 503 and 504 quick connect tips $119.96 Enter a quantity and
TX-503 Extreme Self-igniting Torch $97.51 Enter a quantity and
TX-504 Extreme Self-igniting Torch $105.97 Enter a quantity and
TXC-504 Extreme Self-igniting Torch - WITH CASE $136.68 Enter a quantity and
TXK-504 Extreme Self-igniting Torch - includes adapter, hose, and regulator $239.92 Enter a quantity and
Replacement Parts
T-503 Quick disconnect Tip ONLY for Extreme TX-503 $45.68 Enter a quantity and
T-504 Quick disconnect Tip ONLY for Extreme TX-504 $57.29 Enter a quantity and

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 $79.94
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Soldering Flame Protective Blanket

Protective blanket for soldering
Features:
  • Durable woven ceramic protects up to 2300° F. for five minutes
  • Non-asbestos, smoke and odor free
  • Provides 9" x 12" protection area
  • Use when soldering close to combustible materials
  • Helps protect walls, studs, and floors from torch flames
  • Flexibility allows use in close quarters and awkward places
Solder Shield Protective Blanket 9" x 12" - $20.69
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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 - $13.34
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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 it 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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