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Anyone who has ever sweat-soldered copper pipes at close quarters in a wooden house knows the challenge of this job as the torch flame dances around the fitting, glancing off an old floor joist and some wood smoke fills the air.
Will this solder ever melt?
I don’t take chances when it comes to soldering in a wooden building. I keep an extinguisher on hand and, even more importantly, I don’t let the flame get anywhere near anything flammable by creating a blast shield for my work area.
As shown in the accompanying drawing:
- I use a pair of brackets to support an old cookie sheet that serves as my blast shield when I’m working overhead.
- The cookie sheet shields the ceiling, the brackets protect the joists and the solder can melt whenever it wants without me worrying about how long it takes.
— John Carroll, Durham, N.C.
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