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Wrong solder


I use a 95/5 solder.  Accidentally used a 50/50 and a 60/40. Guy next door had some left over and put it in my box. Never looked what I was using because I didn't know he put it in there. Think there will be any issues with the different solder? 



-- Edited by JohnnyBgood on Friday 4th of July 2014 07:32:16 PM

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It depends on what you used it on, and whether you used the correct flux with it.  If you used it on body panels, and it stuck and worked smoothly, it might be ok; if it doesn't look right, just heat it up and scrape it off, sand down to bare metal, tin it again and use the right stuff.. If you used the 50/50 on electrical, it should be ok; 60/40, too, but don't count on it for a pressure joint.



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Should have said what I used it on...house plumbing. Might have to take it apart and redo some of it....damn.

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or use the "Meller Theory" - - - if it works don't fix it again ??????

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If the joint solder flowed well and is solid, it will work just fine. I use whatever I have on hand and seldom have had a leak freshly done, never later.



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Dave W wrote:

If the joint solder flowed well and is solid, it will work just fine. I use whatever I have on hand and seldom have had a leak freshly done, never later.


 This is true.  Being an electrician, I always had a spool of 60/40 flux core in my box, and a few times I erred and poked a hole in a pipe, and just used the 60/40 to sweat a repair joint and it always worked ok.



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Have to do the whole house then turn the water on at the street to see if it holds....3 more days should have it done then will cross fingers and give er a try....

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How come you didn't use PEX? Cheaper, quicker and works as well. My guess is that if I had to do my house in copper now, it might equal the price of the house when built - I also have baseboard HW heat so have hundreds of feet of 3/4" buried in walls and ceilings in a fairly big 4 zone, 2 story plus basement house



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Not a pec fan. Went looking at houses with my daughter and one of the houses had a plumber working there when we went in. Turns out either a mouse or squirrel or something else with teeth chewed through the pec and he was repairing it. Second time for that house. Brothers house is 12 years old and he's finding cracks in the pipes. Might just be a bad install. I like the copper. Yes a little more money but I like it better. Did my present house 28 years ago with copper and no issues. Hope to get another 28 or more out of new house plumbing.

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