...are they solid? I have been crimping joins for a while, but just read an article in this months magazine about crimping skills. This prompted me to check online for other info, and all seem to say that crimping is very difficult and most people's crimps don;t even come close to full strength. I guess the only way to test these is to stat hanging weights in the back yard. Does anyone have suggestions for perfecting the crimps, when you are not using a basic hand crimper (no fine adjustment knob). I think the crimps I make look nice, even and clean, but one thing I notice is that the ends of the crimp don;t seem to flare. maybe I'm not crimping close enough to the end or not hard enough, I don't know. I'm using heavy aluminum crimps.