Quick Tip: Propane Torches

Most often used in plumbing projects and metalworking, propane torches are anything but toys. On the contrary, these tools demand the utmost attention and care.


A propane torch is portable, inexpensive, and just about indispensable for many household chores. A valve controls the intensity of the flame, and you can add attachments to the nozzle either to focus it tightly for precision soldering or to spread it out for stripping paint. Be sure to handle it with care, though. Turn it off immediately after you’re done and store it away from heat.

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