Still a little unsure of your pipe-sweating skills? This product might be worth a look. PermaLynx copper fittings push onto conventional hard-copper tubing without special tools or a torch. They have one-way, stainless-steel barbs that resist pull-out forces of up to 2,000 foot-pounds and an EDPM gasket that maintains a seal in temperatures from -30°F to 210°F. The fittings work with K-, L-, and M-type copper tubing that measures 1/2 inch to 2 inches in diameter. Even if you're handy with a torch, this product should be a big help in remodeling situations where you can't remove all the water from a pipe, or where you're a little too close to combustibles. The maker says the PermaLynx system costs about four times the price of conventional copper fittings but greatly reduces labor costs. NVent, 877/663-5263, www.nventsolutions.com

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