Twist a joint after soldering?

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  1. wheaty

    wheaty New Member

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    I'm a novice at this stuff. I soldered the male side of a 1/2 inch "street 90" connection into the 1/2 inch female opening of a washing machine valve. Just after I'd finished and it had just begun to cool I noticed its position wasn't quite what I'd had in mind. So I reheated it a little and twisted it (about 5 degrees) to the position I wanted. Is there a problem in doing that? Thanks for any advice.
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Probably okay...if you had run water through it, you would have had to remove, clean, then resolder. It can help to daub a little more flux on the joint when reheating one that's never had water go through it along with a touch of additional solder to help it reflow.
  3. MACPLUMB 777

    MACPLUMB 777 TROJAN WORLDWIDE SALES RP

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    No if you hold your tongue in the right place
  4. wheaty

    wheaty New Member

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    Thanks both. Tongue was held correctly. This saves me some worry.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    I usually apply a dab of solder to the connection after reheating it.
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