Don’t know how to sweat a joint? No sweat!

Besides a cleaver use of the term “sweat”, what do you need to know about making copper pipe connections?

Are you less than perfect at soldering copper pipes? You are not alone. A properly sweated joint is certainly common, but so are poorly sweated ones. It really does take months of practice to do the job consistently well. But what to do if you have a small repair job or want to install a tempering valve?

As it happens, there are several products that solve that very problem, all available at your local hardware store or home center.

Called Push to Connect, they work on PEX and copper, and come in a wide variety of sizes. Expect to spend $8 – $15 on each connection. A quick look at YouTube shows how to install them. The most common brands in this area include Sharkbite and Watts’ AquaLock.