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    The Double Flare

    There seems to be a lot of problems with techs making troublefree flare connections. The way I was taught decades ago was to first cut your tube. Then ream it. Then file the end square. Only after that could you get your flare block out.

    Ever see anyone file the end square?

    Now keep in mind, the bulk of my career has been troubleshooting, field service and/or emergency repair. So yeah, you can probably do it faster with a drill motor, but never having a leak at a flare fitting is quite a claim.

    The first three photo’s is my flare kit. And just to show you how much care I have given my flare / swage kit over the past few decades, notice it is still in the original cardboard. Probably needs a bit more duct tape.

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    This series of shots shows the double flare ‘accessory’. Notice I use the ‘thickness’ of the head of the double flare accessory as a depth gauge. Then I put the tool inside of the tubing and run the flare tool down. Then I pull the ‘accessory’ out.

    This de-forms the tubing as shown.

    Then I run the flare tool down again.

    This gives you the double flare. That extra step of removing the ‘accessory’ takes at most fifteen seconds.

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    And that folks, is the beginning of a leak free flare.

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    Kinky.

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    Never had that problem personally . the coil will prolly leak first

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    Thanks for the pics
    Ive never seen a flare like that, maybe i have but never paid attention.

    If i had to put in a flare i just bought the pre made ones and brazed it on, the ones i last found leaking were single flare, i was testing at 300 psi, maybe it was to much pressure for the single flare

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    That imperial set was my very first flare kit (I think I still have it)
    Never used the double flare adapters (came with all of them), and never knew how........
    Thanks for sharing
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    I've never seen a double flare before. Thanks for posting the pictures.
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    I have never in my life bought a pre made flare.


    Quote Originally Posted by marter View Post
    Thanks for the pics
    Ive never seen a flare like that, maybe i have but never paid attention.

    If i had to put in a flare i just bought the pre made ones and brazed it on, the ones i last found leaking were single flare, i was testing at 300 psi, maybe it was to much pressure for the single flare

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    Your kit came with the double flares? Awesome. I had to buy each one separately.



    Quote Originally Posted by kamersoutdoor View Post
    That imperial set was my very first flare kit (I think I still have it)
    Never used the double flare adapters (came with all of them), and never knew how........
    Thanks for sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by marter View Post
    Thanks for the pics
    Ive never seen a flare like that, maybe i have but never paid attention.

    If i had to put in a flare i just bought the pre made ones and brazed it on, the ones i last found leaking were single flare, i was testing at 300 psi, maybe it was to much pressure for the single flare
    I always cut out the pre flared ends. When making the flares, the machine stretches the neck, making them weak, thus I never use the first 6" off a minisplit lineset.
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    BBeerme, I've got the exact same kit and have used it for over 24 years. Last year, I got a new case from my supply house because the old one was more shot than yours.

    I've used the double flares a lot on brake lines on autos, but never thought of using them on refrigeration. Thanks for the post.
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    Nice BBeerme, nice. Got a Q for you! Whats all that "discoloration" on the cover of the kit, on the inside bottom of the kit, and on the flare block & yoke& other pieces????????????????? Oh, I get it! Experience!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NICE!

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