soldering copper gutters

kitchenquestMay 6, 2005

how diy-able is it to solder a copper lap joint? I understand w/ any trade, there are tricks to be learned, and experience to be gained. But, I'm wondering if I picked up few extra feet of gutter for practice, I'd be able to figure it out. Anyone have any pointers? where can I buy a soldering iron?

thanks!

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brickeyee

I use an acetylene powered soldering iron. You need a very high power one since the copper soaks up heat. Solder flow is limited by the available heat. For bigger jobs a wore wheel on a drill cleans up the surfaces to be soldered, corrosive flux (plumbing type), then apply iron on one side of the sopper and bar solder on the other. the solder will flow only after the copper gets hot enough.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2005 at 9:51PM
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jkrugger_mutualgravity_com

I would definitely suggest contacting a professional or a manufacturer of copper gutters. I have an old farm house and when I ran into trouble I contacted several online sources. I added a link below for your reference.

Here is a link that might be useful: Slate and Copper Sales Company

    Bookmark   September 3, 2007 at 11:56AM
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freedee

If you don't have a lot to do, how about "just for copper". It's a glue type material, but it actually "solders" the copper. It would be expensive for a professional to use it on every joint, but if you subtract the cost of the tools, and the time it takes to learn to do it right, this may be a practical alternative.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2007 at 8:02PM
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Ornametals

To all who might be thinking about that, you may want to consult a professional first.

Here is a link that might be useful: Copper Gutter Suppliers

    Bookmark   February 11, 2014 at 7:54PM
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