Pressing Instead of Soldering
LESLIE: Time to talk plumbing with Manny in Hawaii. Aloha. How can we help you?MANNY: OK, hi. I would like to know – I’ve seen on a television program where they’re installing some copper water lines.TOM: OK.MANNY: And instead of soldering, they’re crimping.TOM: OK.MANNY: And I didn’t know that was possible. How is that …?TOM: Yeah. It’s actually not called crimping. It’s called pressing. And yeah, there are special fittings that fit on the ends of the copper pipe and then there’s something called a pressing tool which basically surrounds it and does what, in effect, is like a crimp but it makes a mechanical weld. And it’s great. A lot of the pros are going to pressing tools right now. Ridgid makes probably some of the best ones in the business.LESLIE: And Tom and I actually saw it demonstrated at the Builders Show and the technology is fantastic.TOM: We actually got a chance to try out pressing.MANNY: Well, I subscribe to the newsletter from Ridgid but I’ve never seen it on their newsletter yet.LESLIE: Pressing tools.TOM: And you can read about it.