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Old 01-31-2013, 11:54 AM   #1
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Soldering copper pipe in Airstreams..

We recently had a water leak in our home, and during the process, I spotted the plumber using a usefull tool.
Its called an Omat, and is used to help protect surrounding stuff while you solder pipe.
I bought one myself and used it, and it worked pretty good.
Even used it to protect some stuff when I was welding the other day!

Just wanted to share, as it might be usefull!
Got mine on Ebay.

Omat Soldering Heat Shield Mat MRO Plumbing Propane Torch Brazing Copper Pipe | eBay
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:30 PM   #2
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I have used a piece of tin or even heavy aluminum foil to protect stuff in the past.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:02 PM   #3
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I have used a piece of tin or even heavy aluminum foil to protect stuff in the past.

Me too!
I guess my point is that I like having the right/best tool for the job, and I was kinda excited to share!
Just in case there are any other tool nuts out there!
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Looks very useful, the problem is I will never find it when I need it. I am also a tool nut but not a neat freak.

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For years when doing any copper tubing/ plumbing I relied on my limited soldering ability and was eventually able to get pretty good at sweating joints. I've recently come to have more faith in the compression fittings so I haven't needed to sweat pipe in awhile. Most of my work has been out in the open so I didn't need any heat protectors but they sound like a useful tool for the toolbox.
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:25 PM   #6
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Taken to keeping mine in my Benzomatic box... then I know where it is...
Now if only I can remember where I put the Benzomatic box....
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I have used the heat blanket and it will prevent accidental fires now I use SharkBite" for many situations no more soldering.
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