Compressed or Soldered Copper??

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by aquamtic, Jan 23, 2004.

  1. aquamtic

    aquamtic LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 303

    I have been doing all by copper connections soldered. Some guys have told me that compression T's work really well and are quicker on labor.

    Does anyone oppose? If not what type are you using that is reliable.

  2. Ground Master

    Ground Master LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    Solder all the way
  3. Mark B

    Mark B LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    If it gets bigger then 2" go with silver solder. Once you get over 2" it can be hard to do it with regular solder. My 2 cents
  4. earthtool

    earthtool LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    Dido on all the above. It all depends on the job application and rules of engineering.
    Just my take on the subject
  5. dougaustreim

    dougaustreim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    The state and local plumbing code would likely have a lot to say about this.

    Austreim Landscaping
  6. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,170

    I would only go with soldering. I've been to a few homes where there was already a compression coupler. If I was repairing the copper, I would take out the compression fitting and repair it correctly.
  7. Raintree Lawn

    Raintree Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Inside, or outside above ground, only soldered copper fittings. Outside below grade we prefer Hammer Flare type fittings, harder to install but definitly the most reliable.

    If you use compression fittings below grade be sure to get those that have locks/clamps to keep the fitting from pulling apart or moving on you.

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