There’s a (not so) new alternative to sweating copper pipe. The Ridgid Pro-Press tool is gaining popularity among Bay Area plumbers. Although I prefer to sweat my copper fittings, I am finding that the ProPress tool is useful for tight situations, or large copper pipe diameters.

In this example, I need to connect a 2″ copper pipe to a nearby 1″ copper pipe. Sweating the copper would have been a tedious undertaking. I decided to rent a Ridgid ProPress tool from a local retailer and get the job done in a timely manner.

The downside? ProPress fittings are substantially more expensive than standard copper fittings, but the payoff is what you save on labor. In a matter of minutes, I was able to make several connections which might have otherwise taken 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or even more. Also, ProPress is a relatively new concept and only time will tell if the connections compare to traditional sweated copper fittings.

Check out my video on how to use a Ridgid ProPress tool.