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Me ha sucedido repetidas veces que necesito empalmar un caño con otro, ya sea para agua, aire, combustible, gas, etc. 

En cualquier ferretería se venden T de diversos tamaños. Pero en este caso yo necesité 3, y cuando averigüé el precio decidí que era preferible hacerlas yo mismo.

Siguiendo algunos sencillos pasos, es posible hacerlas lo suficientemente robustas como para el uso habitual, con poco trabajo y a un costo realmente muy bajo. Detallo a continuación cómo hacer una pequeña T de caño de cobre, pero el procedimiento es escalable y aplicable a otros materiales.

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It has happened several times that I need connect a pipe to another, whether for water, air, fuel, gas, etc.

In any hardware store they sold T of various sizes. But in this case I needed three, and when I found out the price I decided it was better to make them myself.

By following a few simple steps, you can make them robust enough for routine use, with little work and at really low cost. Below I detail how to make a small T of copper pipe, but the procedure is scalable and applicable to other materials.

Step 1: La barra superior (crossbar)

Picture of La barra superior (crossbar)
Obviamente, hay que tener el caño de cobre de la medida correcta. En mi caso el diámetro exterior es de 8 mm, y el interior de 6 mm. El primer paso es cortar la parte superior de la T. Las dimensiones usted las adecuará a sus necesidades.

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Obviously, you must have the copper pipe of the correct size. In my case the outer diameter is 8 mm and 6 mm inside. The first step is to cut the top of the T. The dimensions you will adapt to your needs.
 
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bfk1 year ago
You sir, have contributed to my car project in a great way. Until this very moment, I've been looking to attach my car's 2 fuel tanks with the fittings below, which the previous owner had made by hand. Now, My lines will be clean looking. Great job... And simple too. Wrapping the tube makes all the difference.
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rimar2000 (author)  bfk1 year ago
Thanks, bfk! Glad to be useful.
Lowriderpr1 year ago
Buen trabajo :)
rimar2000 (author)  Lowriderpr1 year ago
Thanks, Lowriderpr.
Bill WW1 year ago
Que bueno!

You taught me at least two new concepts:
Use of "la abrazadora" (the "embracer") to strengthen the connection;
Drilling the hole as the final step.

La abrazadora: an interesting word. My MS Word translator told me it was Argentinian dialect, not common Castillian. "Embracer" describes it well. In English we would not likely use that word, sadly. A pipefitter might call it a "doubler" or "reinforcer".

Nice work.
Dr Qui Bill WW1 year ago
Bill, your comment got me thinking about what word I would have used, I would most likely have used the word gusset but I have to say that embracer does have a much more poetic ring to it.

Believe it or not, I never learned a word of Spanish at school but thanks to Rimar's fantastic posts I can now read and understand some very basic Spanish text.

Hurrah for the internet.
rimar2000 (author)  Dr Qui1 year ago
Dr Qui, I am far from know English, but if you read my first instructables and comments, you could see I have improved a lot. Thanks, Web, THANKS, INSTRUCTABLES!

My next step is the most difficult: hear and understands. That costs me much more.
rimar2000 (author)  Bill WW1 year ago
Gracias por tu comentario, Bill. La palabra "abrazadora" es un parónimo de "abrazadera", y realmente no existe o no es usual en castellano, por eso la puse entre comillas. Porque una abrazadera es algo parecido pero no igual.

Este enfoque constructivo es nuevo para mí. Antes, hacía el agujero en el travesaño, adaptaba  la forma del "tronco" y laboriosamente soldaba las dos piezas juntas. Rara vez quedaba bien, yo debía reforzar la unión para prever tensiones mecánicas, y sellar las fugas con silicona o epoxi. Con este método, todo esto no es necesario, es muy rápido y fácil.

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Thanks for your comment, Bill. The word "abrazadora" is a paronym of "abrazadera", and really does not exist or is not usual in Castilian, so I put it in quotes. Because an abrazadera is something similar but not equal.

This approach is new to me. Before, I made the hole in the crossbar, adapted the "trunk" end shape and painstakingly soldered both parts together. It rarely was good, I should strengthen the union to provide mechanical stresses, and seal the leaks with silicone or epoxy. With this method all this is not necessary, It is very fast and easy.
framistan1 year ago
Very creative idea. I know i will use this some day. thanks.
rimar2000 (author)  framistan1 year ago
Thanks for your comment. Yes, if you make habitually domestic works, surely a day you will need a T. Remember that the main steps are 2 and 7.
Dr Qui1 year ago
Tip top tinkering.

Some of those small copper pipe fittings are very expensive indeed especially in the smaller hardware stores, I always check the bargain bins in the big stores for this type of stuff at really discount prices.
rimar2000 (author)  Dr Qui1 year ago
Thanks for your comment, Dr Qui. If you need more than one T, you could think to make them. Besides, IT IS FUNNY!
rncbme1 year ago
Again, Rimar, your ingenuity is inspiring. Of course it goes without saying that you clean out all the filings before hooking up you Tee :) Nice work.
rimar2000 (author)  rncbme1 year ago
Thanks, rncbme. This method saves time and money, and is safe enough for domestic applications.
Phil B1 year ago
It is interesting to see how you approached this task. It makes very good sense, but is quite different than I would have thought to do it. Very nice.
rimar2000 (author)  Phil B1 year ago
Thanks, Phil.

This approach is new to me. Before, I made the hole in the crossbar, adapted the "trunk" end shape and painstakingly soldered both parts together. It rarely was good, I should strengthen the union to provide mechanical stresses, and seal the leaks with silicone or epoxy. With this method all this is not necessary, It is very fast and easy.
onrust1 year ago
Lovely work. The fun of soldering and saving money........ priceless!
rimar2000 (author)  onrust1 year ago
Thanks, onrust. ... And the pleasure of try a different approach.