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I am down to my last foot or so of 50-50 solder. It takes a long time to use up a roll when a "big" plumbing job for me involves 10 or 12 joints. More typically a plumbing job for me involves replacing a couple of shut-off valves under a sink.
Decided that yesterday was the day to finally go legal and switch to lead free solder.
Bought a MAPP gas torch, flux, a roll of 95-5 solder and a roll of silver solder.
Played with some copper pipe scraps and fittings using the two different solders. I do not see a great deal of difference in how the two solders handle, melt or flow into the joints. I had no problem getting either one to behave for me.
So what is the difference? Edumacate me please!
I feel sure there are places where one or the other is superior, but have no clue as to what those applications are.
I am just looking for a 50-50 replacement for plumbing applications using 1/2" or 3/4" Type L copper. A very occasional use involves sweating soft copper tubing in plumbing applications only - no refrigerant lines.
Thanks in advance,