Soldering iron for polypropylene iron pipes

Pipes and fittings made of polypropylene today can be said in the trend. They are used for in-house and apartment plumbing and heating wiring and networks. The popularity of this material is primarily due to the convenience of working with him. Unlike metal pipes, they do not need to be bent with a pipe bender, cut into threads and cook by welding. All the complexity of this profession is in the past with the advent of such material as polypropylene.
The main tool for working with polypropylene products is an electric soldering iron or iron. In the factory set, it is equipped with nozzles-sleeves for soldering pipes and fittings of standard diameters. They can be bought separately. But there are cases when, for any reason, the factory soldering iron is not available and there is no possibility to buy it, and of all the details only welding tips are available. This is where the homemade plumbing soldering iron comes in handy.
Soldering iron for polypropylene iron pipes

This self-made from the category "blew, spat and did it". You can collect it literally on your knees from an old iron and a wooden bar. With such a self-made heater, you will definitely save the situation and cope with the soldering of polypropylene pipes. And how to do it, we now show.

What you need to build a soldering iron


  • Old iron with a working heating sole;
  • Wooden block, approximate section 40x50 mm, length 40-50 cm;
  • Four self-tapping screws, 3x14-16 mm;
  • Nozzles, sleeves for plumbing soldering iron with a clamping bolt;
  • Power cable with plug;
  • Electrical tape, screws 45 mm.

From the tools you need to have: a drill or a screwdriver with a cross head for self-tapping screws, drills with a diameter of 6-8 mm, a grinding machine or sandpaper, a paint knife, pliers and a hammer.

We collect a self-made soldering iron for polypropylene pipes


First of all we disassemble the household iron, disconnecting a sole from temperature regulators. The rest of the iron is no longer needed.
Soldering iron for polypropylene iron pipes

Soldering iron for polypropylene iron pipes

Next, prepare a wooden bar. If necessary, it can be cut, planed, or just cleaned on an emery wheel, as the author did homemade (photo).
Soldering iron for polypropylene iron pipes

Soldering iron for polypropylene iron pipes

To fix the bar we drill several holes in the sole of the iron, in the zone free from the heating element. The diameter of the drill should be less than the width of the cap screws.
Soldering iron for polypropylene iron pipes

Soldering iron for polypropylene iron pipes

Fit the bar across the cross section inserted into the groove of the sole, and fastened to several screws using a screwdriver and a cross head.
Soldering iron for polypropylene iron pipes

Soldering iron for polypropylene iron pipes

At the end of the contact group of the heater there are bolts. Under them we drill mortise holes on both sides of the bar, and expand the contacts with pliers to connect them.
Soldering iron for polypropylene iron pipes

Soldering iron for polypropylene iron pipes

Contact plates are pressed with several screws - press washers.
Soldering iron for polypropylene iron pipes

Soldering iron for polypropylene iron pipes

Not far from the end of the sole, we drill a hole under the clamping bolt for the sleeves. Now it is possible to fix several pair welding nozzles. Sit them on the presser bolt, and pull up with an Allen key.
Soldering iron for polypropylene iron pipes

Soldering iron for polypropylene iron pipes

All that remains is to connect the power cable to the contact group, and wrap tape around the contact area on the handle.
Soldering iron for polypropylene iron pipes

Soldering iron for polypropylene iron pipes

Soldering iron for polypropylene iron pipes

Soldering iron ready for operation. Such a device can be used to solder polypropylene pipes and fittings, producing plumbing or heating wiring.
Soldering iron for polypropylene iron pipes

Soldering iron for polypropylene iron pipes

Conclusion


Despite the simplicity of the design, it can not be considered fully developed.It does not have a thermostat with automatic protection. The ergonomics of the tool also leaves much to be desired, because such a device must stand firmly on the edge during operation. However, this homemade device serves as proof that, if desired, even a specialized tool can be assembled from improvised parts.

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