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I love all of the instructional videos that are now available online. At this point, there are probably very few trades where you couldn’t get a decent starter education in the subject just by studying videos (and other materials) at trade association websites, online trade mags, and YouTube channels.

The Copper Development Association is producing an excellent video series called Do It Proper With Copper which illustrates proper techniques for joining and using copper in different architectural and plumbing apps. Dig those giant 8lb “soldering coppers” (irons) in the above “Copper Sheet Fabrication” video (which, as the vid points out, actually only weigh four pounds — they’re rated in pairs). [Thanks, Dale!]

DIY: Do It Proper With Copper Video Series

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.