How to Cut and Prep Copper Pipe

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Introduction: How to Cut and Prep Copper Pipe

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Cutting and Prepping Copper Tubing can be a quick and easy process. Follow Brent Holland of Build.com as he shows you step-by-step the process of cutting copper tubing and then preparing it for soldering.

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    After you debur the inside, you then clean the outside and then the inside. You dont really need to clean the inside of the pipe, as no soldering will occur there only the outside of the pipe and inside of the fittings.

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    You make a good point, after deburring the inside of the pipe, you do not need to clean with the brush as well. I usually do anyway just to make double sure I got all traces of debris out so I don't run the risk of clogging any fixtures. I guess it doesn't hurt to be extra careful. Thank you for pointing that out.

    Why clean the inside of the pipe? debur yes, but its pointless to clean the inside.

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    I believe your referring to cleaning the outside? You want to make sure to have a nice and clean surface to apply the flux. You also want to make sure that there is no debris that may cause any problems with the soldering.