I need to connect bow copper as on the picture with a copper pipe, and I'd like to avoid soldering. Is there a special tool for this?

bow copper

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    It's not really clear what you're hoping to hear ... Those fittings are intended to be soldered and the 'special tool' is either a torch or large soldering iron.
    – brhans
    Jul 2, 2018 at 23:23
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    There are solderless methods of connecting copper (ex. sharkbite). This kind of question is moving a little into the product recommendation world, however...
    – Hari
    Jul 2, 2018 at 23:55
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    Sharkbite or solder... your choice.
    – Tyson
    Jul 3, 2018 at 1:30
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    Soldering is easy, even for a beginner. YouTube.
    – paul
    Jul 3, 2018 at 13:47
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    You avoid soldering by using press-on connectors (Sharkbite) to adapt to pex tubing (crimp connectors). You don't screw around with copper. Like Paul said, sweating joints is easy and is no more dangerous than operating a birthday cake.
    – isherwood
    Jul 3, 2018 at 14:09

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There is a system for connecting copper tubing and copper fittings that does not use solder. Just google "Propress" for an example. Some places rent the tool or you can purchase one. Before I retired the company I worked for used this tool for a lot of copper fittings from 1/2" thru 4". It works very well, is quick and does a lasting job.


To avoid soldering I would use either a compression elbow or a push-fit elbow. But it depends on what the pipe is carrying (water or gas).

Compression Elbow Push fit elbow

Useful tools include pipe-cutters and appropriate sized spanners/wrenches.

  • Agreed, for a newb who needs to make a quick repair, a compression fitting or a proprietary push-fit solution (like Sharkbite) is probably the best recommendation. Another advantage of these approaches is that the repair can be made even if the pipe is dripping, which is possible but much harder to do with soldering, requiring special techniques or tools.
    – mr blint
    Sep 10, 2021 at 11:46

Depending on what you're planning on using the pipes for, you could use an epoxy that was designed for metal to metal bonds.

I wouldn't use epoxy for a constant pressure in-wall application, but I did use it to extend a short nipple for a tub spout on an acrylic tub. I wrapped it in a heating pad to post cure for extra insurance.

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