Re: Swaging copper tubing
Posted by Chris on February 25, 2004 at 10:27:22:
In response to Re: Swaging copper tubing
: Soft copper can be, but your heating element is hard copper and very thin hard copper at that.

Ah, I see my mistake now. It's deforming from the pipe cutter because it's thin, not because it's soft. I presume that it's thin for better heat transfer.

Maybe swaging it isn't such a good idea; reaming it back out to some semblance of a circle might be a better idea.

For future reference, is some other tool a better idea than a pipe cutter on these elements? The instructions that came with the element specifically said to use a pipe cutter, but even with the screw barely turned, it deformed the pipe rather than cutting it. Or is something simply wrong with my pipe cutter? It's a Ridgid 150 and the cutting wheel is brand new, but the tool itself is over 10 years old and has cut a lot of pipe.

Thanks again for all your help.

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