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  1. Matchless.plumb

    Matchless.plumb Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

  2. JCplumb

    JCplumb Plumber

    £70 for a 15mm + 22mm one, then £20 a pop for half a tub of flux.
    Where do I sign up?
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  3. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Stick with laco and a brush me thinks:p:p
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  4. rpm

    rpm Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Wonder how long that will survive in the van before the head breaks off.

    "Two clicks should be enough" doesn`t inspire confidence either. :eek:
  5. Matchless.plumb

    Matchless.plumb Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    I thought the same when I saw the prices :)
    I stick to the old way with the brush and it works all the time.

    Definitely well overpriced
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  6. Best

    Best Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    I still would need a flux tub sitting beside me to dip the end of the solder wire in, whilst soldering. :)
    Think that is one tool too many.
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  7. rpm

    rpm Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Without a :) or anything to indicate humour I thought you were advocating it.
  8. Matchless.plumb

    Matchless.plumb Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    I just came across but wouldn't really spend that much money. Beside that I'd rather invest in my new machine which I am planing to buy.

    I just put it up because some people would surely like things like that.
  9. JCplumb

    JCplumb Plumber

    They have developed a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. It even comes with a brush so you can do it the old trusted way when this won't work.
    If it was a tenner they might sell a few to plumbers with too much money.
    I feel bad for them tbh, they'll lose a lot of money on this.
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  10. Best

    Best Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    For every new tool, there is always a tool who will buy one. :p
  11. Matchless.plumb

    Matchless.plumb Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    That's true Gary.
    It's very risky to start doing such a business which doesn't look too safe though
  12. SimonG

    SimonG Trusted Plumber

    I'll stick with the finger.
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  13. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    A real plumber wipes it on with his "old man "
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  14. SimonG

    SimonG Trusted Plumber

    My fingers more manageable
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  15. gmartine

    gmartine GSR

    Silly boys used a pre-soldered fitting in the ad.
  16. Stigster

    Stigster Plumber

    Blimey! How complicated do you need the job of fluxing a pipe to be? Overcomplicating a simple task with a machine when a brush works just fine. I use a small tub of LA-CO with brush in cap which keeps everything clean just fine. I've got a big tub of flux in the van to top the small one up when it gets low.
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  17. zzzjim

    zzzjim Well-Known Member

    I'll be disapointed that poundland don't stock it !
    ( too specialist )
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  18. Ant Parkes

    Ant Parkes Plumber

    I saw this on Twitter the other week and couldn't get my head around it.

    Nothing wrong with my finger, as long as I don't have a cut!
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  19. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    What's wrong with a brush
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  20. Ant Parkes

    Ant Parkes Plumber

    Nothing I guess. Just always used my finger, Dad was old school and thats what I copied. Other than that the bristles fall out and they cost money, lol.
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  21. zzzjim

    zzzjim Well-Known Member

    Wonder if it depends on your favourite flux .
    Whats yours ?
    (Guessing not " Power flux ")
  22. Ant Parkes

    Ant Parkes Plumber

    It is indeed powerflow flux. As I say, Dad always used it, and always applied with finger. No need to change something, works for me.
  23. king of pipes

    king of pipes Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Nah not for me cant see it catching on just a gimick . kop
  24. oilmark

    oilmark New Member

    Poofy lot on here using a brush!
    Finger is best as it keeps em clean?
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  25. Dkdc71

    Dkdc71 Member

    a cracking name for something you wouldn't use , if I seen someone using that on a job would have to keep hiding it for the crack lol how they said it saves time have to agree with best would still have the tub of flux beside me
  26. Chalked

    Chalked Plumber GSR

    I see on the video it says, it has a handy attachment for those "awkward " places.
    Yep... a brush :)
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  27. Chuck

    Chuck Active Member

    La-Co is supposed to be fairly benign, although one should avoid skin contact by using gloves.

    Powerflow is downright nasty if you get it in your eyes so getting on your fingers is asking for trouble.

    Eye-protection is a big thing for me; few things are more life-changing that losing your sight.
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  28. Ant Parkes

    Ant Parkes Plumber

    Don't like La-Co. Used to use it at college as an apprentice. Turned my clothes red... shouldn't have been wiping my finger down my top i guess. And again, don't like it down to personal preference and on what I have used from word go. Many use it and love it I know.

    I have Everflux go in my eye on site a month or so ago. Was supplied on site so thought id use it instead of using my own. Soldering in a tight spot above me and that went in my eye. Spent 20 minutes under the hose. That stuff seems to spit a little.

    You're right. Sight is something i'd hate to lose. A mate of mine had a potatoe thrown at him out of a moving car one year, blinded him in 1 eye. He's a builder. Plods on & doesn't moan, but I bet it gets to him time to time.
  29. Ric2013

    Ric2013 Plumber Top Contributor!!

    In principle it's a good idea. I dislike greasy flux brushes in my hot box. I dislike not always having somewhere clean to put my brush and getting dirt on it. I dislike the fact that a roll of solder makes an excellent flux holder until you need to solder. I dislike the fact that any length of brush is a compromise between too long and too short and the fact that I bought some proper brushes from Plumbase and then realised I got on better with my artists brush.

    But I think this is too expensive and too complicated a solution.

    IF there were a free trial period, I might be tempted.
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