Tinning Flux?

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Old 05-30-04, 01:44 PM
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Question Tinning Flux?

Both a Oatey video and an article in Family Handyman recommend using 'tinning flux' for sweat fittings.

I have Alpha Fry Plumbing Repair Flux Waterflow 2000 Paste Flux.
Is this a tinning flux, I see no mention of tin?

I'll be using this on a few 1/2" tees and elbows.

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Old 05-30-04, 05:50 PM
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Baldwin,

Tinning means to apply solder to a fitting or object prior to assembly.
If using a soldering IRON you would clean the tip, apply flux, heat it up and then apply a coating of solder.
This is tinning.

You only need to clean your fittings, apply flux, assemble, (or assemble and apply flux as some do), heat and then apply solder.
 
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Greg,

This must be some new stuff they've come up with.

The article in Family Handyman says this:

"We recommend tinning flux. It contains a bit of powdered metal alloy that is similar to solder. The alloy melts and coats the inside of the joint and helps ensure a solder joint that's completely filled and leakproof."

What will they think of next? This stuff I have must be a different animal so it's off to the store I guess.

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Looking at the picture in the magazine they show a can of 'Oatey No. 95 Lead Free Tinning Flux.'

The goop is gray or dark green in color.

Hope I can find some.
 
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I use tinning flux all the time. It is dark gray.


I bought it by accident once and like the way it applies (bonds) to the freshly sanded pipe when preparing a solder joint.


It does contain what you describe, but you still have to solder the joint.


I like the finished look the joint gives and the ease of use.


I am an exception on this though, not many plumbers use it.
 
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Old 05-30-04, 07:10 PM
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I havn't tried the stuff but will look for it as I like trying all the different things that show up on suppliers shelves.
I usually wind up going back to the old standard but it's fun trying different things.
 
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Dunbar mentioned 'ease of use'. That's for me!

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