I am a sculptor and I use 3/4 inch copper tubing and regular copper joints in my pieces. I am currently using the "old fashioned" method with a torch and solder paste. all of my work requires a "Curing" time because flux leaks out of the joint a few weeks later and needs to be buffed off before I sell the item. To head this off, I was thinking about using the propress. I have a few questions:
Since I do not need a water tight seal, will I still need the special joints, or can I use regular old copper joints?
These sculptures are funtional art, meaning people will be using them to hang things on. They are also "on the go" meaning they are moved from place to place regularly. Will the joint be completely immobile and secure after crimping, especially if I can use "regular" copper joints? This is necessary for safety.
What is the look of the joint after it is crimped? Is it just like two rings where the machine tightend the pieces?
Can this tool be used on copper union joints???? If not on regular union joints, are there special propress unions that go with this system?
if someone can give it a try on a "regular" copper joint to see if this will work, it would be truely appreciated
if anyone has a close up picture of what a joint looks like after it is connected, (either on a regular joint or a propress joint) it will be very helpful.
Thanks for all of your help! I look forward to everyone's reply!