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HOW-TO

How to Form and Flare Tubing Ends - Page 7

Photo 33 — Close up view of the brass flat plate before silver soldering to the tubing.

Photo 33 — Close up view of the brass flat plate before silver soldering to the tubing.


Photo 34 — Fit check of the water line with the brass plate screwed in place where it will be silver soldered to the water line.

Photo 34 — Fit check of the water line with the brass plate screwed in place where it will be silver soldered to the water line.


Photo 35 — The completed water line is returned from the chrome plater and installed. The design, bends and fit checks along the way paid off.

Photo 35 — The completed water line is returned from the chrome plater and installed. The design, bends and fit checks along the way paid off.


Summary/Notes

  1. Flaring connections require special tubing nuts be used. These are available in short or long lengths. The long length nuts can cover any tool marks while the shorter one can better accommodate bends immediately after the flare.
  2. A flaring tool vise may leave marks in tubing while flaring the ends. One to two wraps of vinyl tape at the end may help minimize those marks.
  3. You have the choice of making your bends first and then flaring the ends or vice versa. Every tubing project has its unique bending challenges. Some maybe better started in the middle and work out and some starting at one end and bending to the other end.
  4. Perform fit checks often as you go.

Sources:

Restoration Supply, Escondido Calf.
Gear Tie
Benders such as the OTC 6515 used in this article are available from specialty tool companies such as Tube Benders
Tubing cutters and flaring tools are available at most auto supply stores.