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#1 posted 08-23-2010 10:08 PM

Thanks Daren, that makes sense. I was just surprised to see him dunking the pieces in water after soldering. I wasn’t sure if this would change the properties of the metal, sort of like when you heat steel and rapidly cool it to harden it. He wasn’t charging by the hour, but that makes sense. I wouldn’t want to waste time either.

But yeah, I hope he did not think I was being intrusive by standing over his shoulder. I like doing home improvement/repair, but soldering copper seems too dangerous/risky when it involves your home, so I wanted to watch a pro do it. I figure for the amount he charged ($800 for 2.5 hrs of work), I should at least get to watch and learn. I did try not to be too instrusive, but when you see someone taking a torch to the pipe, which is a few inches from wood, I got very nervous.

PurpLev: Thank you for responding too. I feel better about it. I was worried if the pipe might develop a leak later on due to the rapid cooling that the soldered joint went through.

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