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Old 08-30-2009, 10:18 AM
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When the copper crimp first came out the tool was very pricy. Don't know about the price now.
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Old 08-30-2009, 01:22 PM
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Thanks for all the comments and insight.

I think I will try the Sharkbite connectors. For a new-be like me the idea of being able to reuse the sharkbite connectors or adjust one, by turning the fitting, is a very compelling.

True, they are expensive but you buy it once and you can adjust to your harts content.

Dan, thanks for the Welcome. My father in-law was a steam pipe fitter in the LA, Calif area. Back in the days he worked at LA county hospital and the Arco towers. He would get very upset if anyone called him a plumber. Great guy.

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Old 08-30-2009, 01:34 PM
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Oh goody! A volunteer.
I hope they work for you as well as I expect, Powers.
That plug 'n play and re-do capability is really attractive to me too.
Most of the joints I'd need to make could easily be soldered but there are a few 90° bends where Sharkbites would save the insulation or just otherwise simplify the whole thing.

Please report back & give us a report.
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When the copper crimp first came out the tool was very pricy. Don't know about the price now.
Starting around $1800 and going up from there , the pro-press tools only pay for themselves in the hands of full time plumbers and fitters .
Greg , our local is a combination local both plumbers and steamfitters , but my card says Steamfitter . Although I will do plumbing work when there isn't any fitting or welding work available . Dan
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$1800! DA YEM! That's what bugs me about This Old House. They show some neat system or product that makes me faint, when I hear the price and the host or who ever's there says, "hey, that's not bad." Maybe, they're used to gettin' reamed, I'm not.


I can buy a lot of heat sheild for $1800.


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Oh goody! A volunteer.
I hope they work for you as well as I expect, Powers.

Please report back & give us a report.
Well today we finished the garage air piping system. Half of the job was done with Sharkbite and the other half was done with a torch and solder. Their are about 10 Sharkbite fittings, about 10 solder fittings and a bunch of brass fittings.

After every thing was assmebled we did a presure test and had a drop in the system over an hour and a half. My friend that was helping me, a plumber by trade, got the soap out and found leaks in about half of my brass fitting connection. You see my tight was not tight enough and I used teflon tape. I should have used teflon pipe dope. So we took apart all of my brass connections, his were OK, applied the teflon pipe dope and the system was leak free.

My friend was supprised that the sharkbite connectors did NOT leak and were easy to work with. The down side is the cost and the bulk. The bulk makes it diffucult to strap down.
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Greg , teflon tape and teflon pipe dope . I use both when I can but on air systems I use Loctite 545 for all my air and hydraulic fittings . Dan
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Just in case someone is curious that has no idea about using copper pipe for.

More for those that have never been around it.
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Gary, we don't use embedded images/off-site hosting.
Not even small ones.

Please use the manage attachments utility below your reply window.
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