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Soldering pipes is one of those things that you might shy away as being too hard to learn, or something only the "pros" know how to do. But with the right tools and just a little bit of practice, it's a very useful home improvement skill to have. Get the right tools and supplies For soldering copper pipe, you'll first need to pick up a couple of tools, as well as few supplies (in addition to whatever pipe and fittings you need). They're not expensive, and you can get them wherever plumbing supplies are sold. The first thing you'll need is a good torch. The least expensive is a simple propane torch, which is just a nozzle and a valve that attaches to a small, disposable propane cylinder. For a little more money -- and it's worth the investment -- you can get one that has a built-in lighter, which means you can skip the matches or the spark striker.The better torches also work with MAPP gas (a modified propane), which produces a hotter flame. This is something th...