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Any plumbers out there?
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dave 50 8n    Posted 03-01-2004 at 22:59:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Help.

I've had this one 3/4" copper "T" that has me beat. It won't stop leaking. I've been at it some 6 times. I think what I need to do is to redo the whole juncture. I think it's too stressed by the angles. Or maybe I'm using too much heat and the solder drips out? I've decided to put in a couple of unions in there, so at least I don't have to keep cutting the pipe to drain the lines to get back at it.

Appreciate any advice....

that's how my day's been...accidently kicked a 1/2" copper pipe which started to leak. Later, forgot I had turned an under the sink water line on (to fill the line w/air), and when I turned the well back on, I had a 15' arc of water dousing my new chopsaw...

Oh, and I put blocking up the center and one side of my new garage conversion floor, only to stand up and see that I had somehow got all goobered up and got way missaligned on both sides. I was in too much of a hurry to notice....had to tear them all out. ugh. it's ibruprophin time.

Is tonight a full moon?


Michael M    Posted 03-02-2004 at 04:41:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Deadcarp is right on the leaking causes. It can also happen if you don't get the copper good and clean before you sweat it. Also, no matter what the solder manufacturer says, use a good flux, and use a good amount of it. One other way to get the pipes to dry out, if wetness is the problem, is to cut the joint with the water off, tilt the pipe down, and then go fishing for the afternoon. By the time you get back, the pipe should be dry, and you'll be good and relaxed, and less likely to get PO'd at it and mess up. Works when I am sweating copper.....
The compression fittings work good too. I have used them in a number of situations. Another good thing about them is that down the line, if they leak, you can usually just tighten them up and it stops. 'Course, if the line is sweated good, it won't ever leak. Good luck
Huh, bread in the pipes, I never heard of that one, but I do believe it will work...


deadcarp    Posted 03-02-2004 at 02:46:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
well ya got one of a couple problems and maybe both: First off, you may not be getting enough heat in there. 3/4" needs either a fan shape head on the torch or a hotter burner.
Secondly, the main reason joints get stubborn is they are still getting a trickle wet inside and the water turns to steam and carries the heat away before it can melt the solder. The 3 options for this are -
1) use solder that melts at a lower temperature
2) take the joint clear apart and jam little balls of bread up the pipe to stop the trickle longer.(house pressure will dissolve the bread and drive it to a faucet later)
3) drill little holes in the bottom of the pipe to divert the trickle and seal them with rubber and a hose clamp.




Fern(Mi)    Posted 03-02-2004 at 03:11:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Darned If I ain't thinking you might be smarter than I look.
Like the bread idea. Given another hundred yrs, i might have thought that one up for myself.
Doog yad.


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