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    Its Copper for me....

    Thanks to a thread over on the LF forum I was lead to an e-bay seller with 8 water temp units. These were "Powers Fotopanels" and they were $60.

    I had looked at all the new water line connection methods out there, such as 'Gatorbite,' 'Sharkbite,' PEX etc. and decided to go with copper.

    The main issue is that this taps into a residential supply (my HOME!) and any issues with the pipes would affect the family.

    Also, the daycare we use recently flooded awhile back. It happened over a weekend when they were closed and it was from a bad pipe. It caused thousands worth of damage.

    So, I'm keeping with the copper with soldered joints, which is the gold standard for plumbing.

    So, here is a shot of the stuff as I get ready for the installation.


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    Type L (hard) and Bridgit lead free solder with Mapp gas.
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    Dear ic-racer,

    My apologize if you already are aware but make sure you use the thick walled pipe (it has blue markings I believe) rather than the thin walled (red markings).

    Looks great,

    Neal Wydra

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    I got one of these too. It had a price tag of $372 stuck to it! Haven't hooked it up yet.

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    Got it installed last night and it works great. No leaks.

    One comment on the Powers Fotopanel, it may have been designed with high flow rates in mind. The flow adjuster came with its locknut set to quite a high 'lowest' flow. By re-setting the locknut I got the flow rates down, but it goes out side of its operating parameters and the temp knob has to be re-adjusted for the low flow. No big deal and still a fantastic deal for $60.

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    Good choice. Mapp gas and lots of flux helps. My dad used PVC in his house, and after only 15 years it's so brittle that you can break it just by touching it.
    f/22 and be there.

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    Panel mounted on wall and getting the pipes cut to rough lengths.

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    These two pipes will get cut and "T"s will be inserted.

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    Midnight, everyone is in bed and I have shut the water off and cut the pipes.

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    Test fit the first pipe.

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