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I have existing solder from the BernzoMatic Kit PK1001 and want to use it for soldering pipes for my water heater. The solder says Silver Bearing Lead-Free but it does not explicitly say potable.

Is this solder OK for potable plumbing?

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Silver Bearing Lead-Free is fine to use. Make sure you clean all fittings and use flux. If installing a new tank, make sure to solder the brass tank connectors to 12" pieces of copper first. Then tighten the tank connectors onto the inlet and outlet using teflon tape. Failing to do this may cause the dip tube inside of the tank to melt.

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