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  1. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by primecooler View Post
    I use these
    http://www.mastercool.com/pages/hydr...expanding.html

    These are a little pricey but add up the cost of fittings now and these pay for themselves quick. I showed the boss in 2 months time the money spent on fittings these make obsolete. This and a set of benders. Plus it is less connections. Now only 1 solder point on couplers, etc...

    or size 12 standing on the copper....
    Pretty neat; I love it when the old line fits right into the new condensing unit so you only have one spot to braize each on the high and low sides. I don't see a pricing place on this website to know how much their items are. They seem to be about an hour and a half from me and I assume the prices will be in the catalog.

    But that wasn't my question... I was referring to the spool of new tubing not being round (but more oval) so that when I need to use the tube cutters, it's a real pain to get the length I need.

  2. #15
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    How about this?

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=Fi9KbKw3Gos

    Two questions with this tool... first, would it cut copper that's not round. Second, is it me or does this look like it's spinning the tube itself (as opposed to the inside of the cutter spinning to create the cut?). If it's spinning the copper tubing, this wouldn't work since I don't work with straight tubing, but either tubing that's attached to a house or tubing that's spooled up.

  3. #16
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    Like the others said.............round it out gently with a crescent wrench, just enought that the tubing cutter will spin easily, the cutter will round it the rest of the way as you spin it.

    And if you're going to spend money on a cutter, forget that gizmo.........go buy a nice Ridgid..........you'll have it for decades, that other thing will be broke in a week.

  4. #17
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    I grabbed one of these today...Menards has em on sale for $10.00 figured it might come in handy so what the heck.
    http://www.pace-asp.com/productdetail.asp?pid=7415

  5. #18
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    I can usually go slow with the cutter and it will make it as round as I want.
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  6. #19
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    honestly If I got a roll so bad it wouldn't go into a fitting, or round out with the cutter...... it's going back.
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  7. #20
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    [QUOTE=

    And if you're going to spend money on a cutter, forget that gizmo.........go buy a nice Ridgid..........you'll have it for decades, that other thing will be broke in a week.[/QUOTE]

    Ridgid gets my vote as well, I have been using mine for I dont know how long and havent even had to change the blade. The cheap ones I have gotten in the past, the blades always chipped out on.

  8. #21
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    Hey! If the crescent dosen't get it quick enough, give it a good smack with a 20oz Estwing!!
    jt

  9. #22
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    Quote Originally Posted by primecooler View Post
    I use these
    http://www.mastercool.com/pages/hydr...expanding.html

    These are a little pricey but add up the cost of fittings now and these pay for themselves quick. I showed the boss in 2 months time the money spent on fittings these make obsolete. This and a set of benders. Plus it is less connections. Now only 1 solder point on couplers, etc...

    or size 12 standing on the copper....

    You smart like Twilli, Twilli loves his
    No Heat No Cool You need Action Fast

  10. #23
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    Sounds to me like you bought re-rolled copper.
    Does it kink easily?

    There are four manufacturers of line sets: Cerro, Mueller, Whosits,
    and whats the other one.

    Then there are the re-rollers. They buy cheaper rolled copper, unroll it,
    repackage it, and sell it to unsuspecting dealers.

    It's crappy copper. It's thin. When it is unrolled and rerolled, it gets
    stiff and it gets oval-shaped. It kinks.

    The re-rollers make a nice profit at your expense.
    Vacuum Technology:
    CRUD = Contamination Resulting in Undesirable Deposits.
    CRAPP = Contamination Resulting in Additional Partial Pressure.

    Change your vacuum pump oil now.

    Test. Testing, 1,2,3.

  11. #24
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    The other two are Howell and Cambridge-Lee.
    Vacuum Technology:
    CRUD = Contamination Resulting in Undesirable Deposits.
    CRAPP = Contamination Resulting in Additional Partial Pressure.

    Change your vacuum pump oil now.

    Test. Testing, 1,2,3.

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