Step 7: Solder the connections

soldering the connections
Photo: Shaffer Smith Photography
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Slide a 1/2-inch coupling over the end of the water-supply pipe.

Insert the short pipe section into the coupling at one end and the adapter at the other.

Solder the three joints using a propane torch and lead-free solder.

Wipe the joints clean with a thick cloth, being careful not to touch the hot pipe with your bare hand.

Tip: Remember to clean all the pipe endsand fittings with emery cloth and a wire fitting brush, then apply flux to all connecting surfaces before soldering.

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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill with 1-inch-diameter spade bit
    • tongue-and-groove pliers
      Tongue-and-groove pliers
    • adjustable wrench
      Adjustable wrench
    • propane torch
      Propane torch
    • tubing cutter
      Close-quarter tubing cutter
    • hack saw
      Mini hacksaw
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • ratcheting screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • eye goggles
      Eye goggles

    Shopping List

    1. FREEZEPROOF FAUCET

    2. 1/2-INCH COUPLING

    1/2-inch CxC



    3. 1/2-INCH FEMALE ADAPTER

    1/2-inch CxF



    4. PIPE FLUX AND ACID BRUSH

    5. LEAD-FREE SOLDER EMERY CLOTH

    6. TEFLON PLUMBER'S TAPE

    7. ADHESIVE CAULK

    8. FIRE-RESISTANT CLOTH AND FIRE EXTINGUISHER

    9. FITTING BRUSH

    10. TWO 1 1/2-INCH-LONG WEATHER-RESISTANT SCREWS

    11. BUCKET