I call it real plumbing because I had to take a propane torch and actually learn how to sweat a joint. For those unfamiliar with the lingo, sweating a joint is the plumbing term for connecting a pipe to a fitting (in this case, copper) using solder. The process involves a trick or two, and there are resources online that describe it in enough detail to help the newbie along. Aside from that, I've seen my father do it successfully a number of times before, so I was prepared.
If you check out Part 7 of our visual renovation diary you will find an image of the first-ever joint I soldered, a contrast between the new floor and the gunk that was under our vinyl, some glimpses of what we did without a kitchen, and a couple of panoramas of the kitchen as it has progressed.
In addition, we had to figure out how to get rid of that heavy radiator. Only the scrap metal place seemed keen on taking it. Unfortunately, it was too heavy to carry and put in the van. You'll see our solution to the problem. Thank goodness for Sawzall.