Copper Initiative provides some educational resources for both plumbers and plumbing students.

Installation Tips is a technical manual that covers many different aspects of copper pipework installation and design.  It starts with simple procedures for soldered joints, compression joints and machine bending of copper tube through to pipe sizing for both water and gas pipework.

The Copper Pipework Compendium has all of our educational material on one CD.

Capillary soldering of domestic copper pipework has been the accepted method of jointing for many years.  Quick, efficient, reliable, the soldered joint can be found in the vast majority of properties in the UK.  Every plumber should know the basics when it comes to selection of fluxes and solders.


Fluxes are used to keep copper surfaces clean prior to soldering and to enable the solder to wet and adhere to the copper surfaces.


Probably the most important thing to know about solders is: