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Old 06-21-2005, 06:46 AM   #1
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How to flare tubing...

I put together a little tutorial on how to flare tubing. It has been a while since I had to do this (like when I was in the Navy) but like riding a bike it comes back quickly.


I am only posting this on the forum in case somebody does a search one day on how to do it. There is no real need to reply - unless you fing something that I should add or change.


CLICK HERE to see it.


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Old 06-21-2005, 08:12 AM   #2
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what they didnt teach you in the navy...

when clamping the tube in the block, a nickle makes a perfect "feeler" gauge..
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Old 06-21-2005, 09:18 AM   #3
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Buttercup---You might want to add instruction on making a Double flare as that makes for a much stronger flare, one that is less likely to split an absolute necessity when flareing steel tubing used on brake lines. ------- Pieman
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Old 06-21-2005, 03:22 PM   #4
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Double Flare

I love the double flare and it absolutely does a better job. Also the mandrels are sized to help position the tube exactly in the clamp. I wanted to do a double but the local Home Depot didnít have that kit. They only had the basics. If I do find a mandrel to do the double I can add it no problems. Thanks for the tip.

Also, a nickel is about the right amount to have sticking out of the top of the clamp.

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I love the double flare and it absolutely does a better job. Also the mandrels are sized to help position the tube exactly in the clamp. I wanted to do a double but the local Home Depot didnít have that kit. They only had the basics. If I do find a mandrel to do the double I can add it no problems. Thanks for the tip.

Also, a nickel is about the right amount to have sticking out of the top of the clamp.

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I have a double flare kit. The next one I do, I will take some photos, so you can add them, unless you have it taken care of first.
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Thanks Terry. I'll take you up on your offer. I took my pictures sitting down with a beer and a 1 foot section of scrap tubing. I flared several times to show the results.

Yes, if you happen to do a double take pics and send them along. Iíll post with full credit, of course. And if we ever meet itíll be worth a brewski to you for your efforts!!

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Old 06-21-2005, 07:27 PM   #7
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One of the more important steps is missing:

Always put the nut on the tube _before_ flaring the end.
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It is there

It's there under the "clamp the tube" part, right at the top - it says IMPORTANT NOTE: Perhaps I should make it bolder!!!

Give me 5 minutes....
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There - done...
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Did I hear a brewski get together? Where and when?
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I am having a heck of a time finding 3/8 lpg tubing. The local guys only have oil tubing. Anyone have an online source?
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any good hardware store should have 3/8 copper tubing....or you could go to a hvac supply, but would have to purchase a roll rather then buy by the foot.
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Local plumbing supply guy says the stuff for lpg has a different coating inside. Something in the gas corrodes copper without the coating. Nothing's simple anymore.
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