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Testing copper joints

Posted by Tony on December 10th, 1999 02:35 PM

Hey guys (and gals), I am planning a big (for me)plumbing job. I am going to replace the main line that runs from my meter to my water heater (increase size and better location). This includes lots of tee's for the branch lines. And I was wondering what is the best way to test these suckers. I was hoping on doing a lot of the work before actually hooking it into the system. I'd like to have good joints before I connect it up. Any good tips on how to test these not attached to the water? Any chance I could do some kind of pressure test? Do they make homeowner type equipment (read: reasonable price)to do a pressure test?

I plan on using a MAPP torch. I've done small plumbing jobs before with good success. But plumbing is probably my least favorite thing!

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