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”.
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.