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Solder and Related Products

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

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 Price & Quantity
Laco flux - 2oz $3.95
Laco flux - 4oz $6.59
Nokorode flux - 1.7oz $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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fitting brush

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
↓ "Outside" Tube Cleaning Brushes
1/2" $4.84
3/4" $5.44
1" $6.04
Sand Cloth
1-1/2" x 2 yards $1.29
1-1/2" x 5 yards - wet/dry $4.59
↓ Special Open Mesh Sand Cloth
1-1/2" x 15 feet $8.99
↓ Open Mesh Sand Cloth
1-1/2" x 1 feet $1.77
Copper Cleaning Pads
4" x 6" nylon (per pad) $1.29

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Inside Fitting Power Drill Cleaning Brush

Image Fitting Size Price & Quantity
Power Drill Brush 1/2" $1.51
3/4" $1.61
1" $1.91

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Deluxe "Inside" Fitting Power Drill Cleaning Brushes w/ HEX Shaft


Power Drill Brush
Features:
  • Ideal for cleaning copper and fittings and many other uses
  • Includes 2 high carbon spring steel brushes 1/2" and 3/4"
  • Brush shaft is designed for 1/4" and 1/2" power drill chuck

1/2" and 3/4" Cleaning Brushes (1 each) = $11.17

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Tee Handle "Inside" Cleaning Brush


Tee Handle Brush

3/4" Tee Handle Cleaning Brushes = $2.79

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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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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.

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.


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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