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  • #31
    Re: Anyone done electric pipe soldering?

    Originally posted by general View Post
    In my situation in a large industrial site we have to request a burn (fire) permit for each job that uses exposed flames or creates sparks regardless of the size of the job. The request needs to be submitted to the internal fire department, the crafts workers have to wait for an inspection and issue of permit, then have a 2 hour fire watch after the job is done. With the electric alternative I could reduce the time to get work completed. No permits, no fire watch. If double the time compared to torch soldering I am still way ahead of the game.
    I have worked in the same type places for many years. Power plants, petro-chemical facilities, etc. Having a firewatch stay 2 hours after work completes is excessive, 30 minutes is more in line with what everyone else does. And for soldering with an iron, either electric/electronic wires or pipe, some places would require a hot work permit. At most places the superviso or foreman does the inspection of the site after calling in to the Fire Dept and getting a permit number and he is responsible to make sure that the area has been prepped IAW the hot work procedure, no need to wait for the fire Dept to show up. They are too busy to be running around doing inspections anyway. I think your facility needs to get out there and see what's being done elsewhere and do a little benchmarking, unlless maybe you're at Browns Ferry where they may be a little parinoid because of that fire back in 76 started by a worker using a candle to find a leak.
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    • #32
      Re: Anyone done electric pipe soldering?

      Originally posted by sumrcol View Post
      I am not getting you guy...I just registration with this community I don't get a Place for newbie where I introduce myself and grab rules of this community. Please any body help from where I have to start with...
      You have already started. This is a professional forum, treat it as such.

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      • #33
        I have a historical home and installed a new domestic water system. I installed a a cold water and hot water loop, BB filters, and a tankless wh using a loop for cold and another for hot water about 230' of 3/4 L, the pipe was installed in a 15" crawl space under a house. I used CAD to design the system so I was able to make a cut list to fabricate most of the pipe. I used a torch with MAP gas to solder fittings on 50% of the joints then took the sections of pipe and hung them on preset hangers and once it was all dry fit I went back and soldered it using the Rigid RT 175 I was loaned on strong recommendation. I didnt know how easy, coveiniant , fast and clean this kit is to use and I wish I'd used it for everything now. You can solder right next to dry timbers, electrical lines, flexible duct by just being careful and using common sense, you don't have to worry about your flame starting a fire and thats huge in a confined space. It heats up the pipe and fitting nothing else; and doesnt burn the flux however it does leave tiny scorch marks where the contacts are placed on the fitting. This kit is a bit heavy although the clamps are not, but for me safety was imparative and this tool was perfect for my project and I plan on using it as my primary tool for soldering copper.


        • Bob D.
          Bob D. commented
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          Reading your description of how you pre-fabbed most of the pipe I was thinking you must be a Sprinky, then I looked at your avatar and see that you are. sounds like you thought it all out and your plan was executed as intended. Nice.

      • #34
        It was a pretty basic layout and the structural arrangement worked out well. Much original galvanized pipe water and gas pipe was abandoned and in the way from accessing all areas. A plumbing and HVAC upgrade was done in the 80's but it was poorly done and reduced access further yet. As a professional I could not ignore this and so I started designing and installing after I retired. I basically ran a parallel hot and cold water system so we could remain in the house with minimum disruption. Using the RT 175 was perfect, the RT 100 probably would be as good or better since its lighter weight. I loaned it to a coworker installing copper for a small MRI room, he had to solder just below a large insulated duct above a soffit in a very confined space. There was a tiny leak on the top of a 2" fitting, in a TI space in an occupied building and it was fixed within 10 minutes under test in 20 and wrapping up in an hr. No muss no fuss!