Category: Plumbing

Take Care When Using A Plumbers Torch

  • By Householders Guide
  • 14th June, 2011
Plumbers Torch

Although the days of copper plumbing pipes in the home seem to be on the decline since the introduction of PVC pipes, which are much easier to use and cheaper, there is still a need for plumbers to carry the essential copper plumber's tool, the plumbers torch.

In short, a torch is used to heat the copper pipes and solder them in place, creating water tight seals. The tool normally consists of a propane tank attached to some kind of flow regulating nozzle. This allows the plumber to apply the flame to a precise area. With the advent of technology, many of today's torches are small handheld units that can be used in small confined spaces with much ease.

A plumbers torch, whilst essential, is still a very dangerous tool if not used correctly. There is after all a flame at the end of it, and recently, there was news of a plumber burning down a home because of negligence. Whilst this is not often the case, as most qualified plumbers are extremely well trained, there will always be a risk involved when using a flame in confined spaces. As long as every precaution is taken, there should be no risk of causing a fire.

The first thing to remember is that the end of the torch is going to be hot, even after it has been turned off. The last thing you want is to reach behind you and find you have melted a hole in the flooring. Or worse than that, you reach behind you blindly for the torch and grab a hold of the hot end. Neither of these is a good option and can be easily avoided by placing the torch on a heat proof surface, and looking carefully when you reach for it.

The main problem faced by the majority of plumbers is that most of the time the pipes that need to be worked on are either underneath cabinets or right next to walls. When using the flame of a plumbers torch to create heat, there is ample chance to cause damage to surrounding wood and walls in seconds. This can be easily avoided by using something to block the flame from reaching sensitive areas. The most common of these would be a piece of sheet metal placed between the pipe and the area in question, but as sheet metal will eventually heat up as well, so you must still be on your toes when using the torch.

The most effective way of protecting yourself and the area where you are working is to buy a fireproof tile or two. Whilst these are not available in all hardware stores, they should be easy enough to find if you look around a little. These tiles do not get hot and will absorb all of the heat from the flame rather than simply conducting it onto the area behind it. A plumbers torch is an essential tool for anyone working with copper pipes, and whilst potentially dangerous, with caution this tool is perfectly safe to use.

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