can you solder copper and brass

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by Don Juan, Oct 2, 2005.

  1. Don Juan

    Don Juan New Member

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    Hi,
    can you guys tell or spossible to solder copper with brass with torch (led)?


    thank you
  2. srdenny

    srdenny Plumbing Contractor

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    Short answer-Yes!
    Brass-an alloy consisting essentially of copper and zinc in variable proportions.
    Many solder fittings, especially for DWV are available in brass. Because brass and copper have different heating characteristics (brass takes longer to reach a particular temperature), care should be taken in making sure that no holidays are apparent in the solder flow.
  3. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    If you're soldering a brass valve to copper pipe, open the valve first. If using propane (most likely) it will take a bit longer to get the brass hot enough than if using Mapp gas. As stated, brass and copper will solder nicely.
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