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Years ago a friend taught me how to solder copper pipes together, a skill I used while renovating a bathroom.

 

I bought pipes and connectors, a torch and fuel, solder and flux.  Flux is a chemical cleaning agent used to  solder, braze, and weld. In soldering, there’s a capillary action that takes place when the solder runs between the copper pipes.  This action is assisted with the use of flux; by applying flux to the pipes, the solder has a mini-highway to enhance the action. More flux, better action.  My friend put it in simpler terms.  He said “Flux is your friend”.

 

I spent the afternoon in my garage.  I fluxed.  I torched.  I soldered.  I mastered the metallurgical skill of joining copper pipes together.  Flux and I were friends.

 

That night I surfed the net for more info.

Today was research and learning. 

Tomorrow would be the real deal when I update the shower

to a single water-handle system. 

The first site I found on soldering boldly stated across the top:

“FLUX IS YOUR FRIEND”.  

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I've heard some other fun-facts over the years, mostly relating to carpentry and painting, but they all make me chuckle as I give a nod to the original, my friend flux:

 

~PRIMER IS KING.

 

~QUARTER-ROUND SAVES LIVES.

 

~BRAD NAILS ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND.

 

~A GOOD NAIL-PUNCH IS BETTER THAN GOLD.

 

~DO YOUR BEST THEN CAULK THE REST.

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Comment by Tom O'Brien on January 9, 2012 at 6:32pm

MH Ready is a puttylike compound that is great for walls and wood, and is easy to use, no mixing, easy to sand....MH Ready is your friend.

Comment by Tom O'Brien on March 26, 2011 at 10:41am
EPOXY is your friend!!
Comment by mellowpuma on February 14, 2011 at 2:23am

- measure twice, cut once.

- dammit, I forgot my board stetcher today. (if something is cut short)

q- how does it look? a- totally tits! (to describe a job well done)

and the always popular:

- if it's yellow, let it mellow, if it's brown, flush it down.

 

 

Comment by Ian on February 13, 2011 at 5:00pm
I think I've heard this one before:  "Clockwise saves lives."

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