f.c wrote:my dad has one so im lucky enough not to need one. though if youre just using brass cant you just use a soldering iron.
Yeah you can't use a soldering iron to piece copper or brass together. You would need a torch (either propane or mapp gas) , some flux, and some solder but there is different kinds of solder.
Anyway tell your folks that they can pick up a cheap deal for 100 bucks down at any harbor freight and tell your dad that you'll learn how to use it and you'll fix anything he needs fixed. I do agree with Mr. Steve about the bong. There could be a lot more degenerate things you could be doing than welding a spud gun or whatever.