It seems simple enough....but when someone said..."Don't sweat the small stuff"...well...I just couldn't listen. With rigid copper 1/2" supply lines I cut to size...dry fit my connections...disassemble and clean all connections...then I reassemble...flux each joint...fire it up and tap the solder to the joint. But still 9 out of 10 times I get water spewing out from an ever so teeny hole in the joint.
Should I put flux on the copper lines before I put the connectors on? I know to put the flux on before I fire it up. But could my problem be not enough flux? Is it true that the solder draws into the connections or does it merely seal the seams?
Should I use a damp rag to cool each joint just after I fire it up? I see some people do that. Is it really necessary? How long does it take for the joint to fully cure before we can test it?
I feel like I've met my level of incompetency with this task (heehee). You know what I mean I hope (Just because you can doesn't mean you should). I just want to know if I can ever have the hope of mastering this skill because I'm just doing it a bit incorrect right now. Thanks a million for any professional advice!
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