Does anyone have any experience with copper? I have done a little, but not enough to amount to much. I am about to copper roof my cupola roof, a roof about 4 feet square, but of course pyramid shaped (hipped). I was planing on using standing seems on the corners, then flashing down over the fascia a bit.
I was going to have the coppersmith at work do it for me, but recently he got hit twice with injuries and now will be out for a month or so. I wish him the best, but thought this might make for a great time to toy around with copper. Its just scary for me because I know Copper is about the exact opposite of the metals I typically work with (Stainless steel, mild steel and Aluminum.) Still I have a brake and shear...nothing big, just the kind used to put up sheet metal trim on a house. I think those tools will be good enough to shear and bend 16 gauge copper into something presentable.
My question is, should I solder or pop rivet it together? I am an experienced welder, but again stainless steel, mild steel and aluminum heli-arc welding are not the same as soldering. What kind of flux should I get, and what kind of solder. As a machinist I feel stupid asking these questions, but I just don't know as I have not toyed with copper much. Any advice would be great.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"