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steve_38steve_38 Member Posts: 74
the best way to flare 3/8ths copper tubbing?

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  • kevin coppinger_4kevin coppinger_4 Member Posts: 2,124
    I use my ....

    Ridgid flaring tool...they have 2 types. A two piece and a 1 pc. Make sure you ream out the tube before flaring to get a good joint. kpc

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  • steve_38steve_38 Member Posts: 74
    Thanks

    for your response K Coppinger. i just like to hear other techniques. i have an imperial flaring tool and what i do is i reem the tubbing and then file it down a bit and then flare it. usually i don't have oil leaks and if i do have a slight oil leak on a fitting it would suprise me, i guess i have faith in my flareing. i never used a rigid flaring tool i'll have to check that one out.
    although i do like my imperial...! Thank you Steve
  • Cosmo_2Cosmo_2 Member Posts: 43
    what the flare

    I bought one of those one piece clamp type flare tools from yellow jacket about ten years ago. I had to weld the flare nose to the shaft, but it has worked great and is a lot quicker that my old Ridgid two piece...

    Cosmo
    Cosmo
  • Cosmo_2Cosmo_2 Member Posts: 43
    what the flare

    I bought one of those one piece clamp type flare tools from yellow jacket about ten years ago. I had to weld the flare nose to the shaft, but it has worked great and is a lot quicker than my old Ridgid two piece...

    Cosmo
    Cosmo
  • Dave Palmer_3Dave Palmer_3 Member Posts: 388
    Rigid

    I was the same way,tried of tiny leaks, bought a Rigid (about $100)thought it was steep but I would never go to anything else. Well worth the price, Dave
  • EarthfireEarthfire Member Posts: 543
    Flare leaks

    a few times I've had to deal with leaking flares that couldn't be cut and reflared. Used flare washers and leak lock. Even works on refrigeration lines. Flare washers are soft cooper & available at refrigeration supplyhouses like R.E.Michel. I like the Rigid flare tool with the occilating cone, and double flare's guaranty no leaks.
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