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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-10-2003, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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Help! Need dripping water pipe sweated!

Hey all you pipe fitters and or plumbers out there (Greg) I need a favor. I have a fitting on my house water pipe that is dripping. The insurace company is going to cover the water damage from it dripping over the last few weeks... but i need it sweated. Shouldn't be a major job, but I'm dreadign the $200+ repair bill a plumber would charge from a regular shop. Plus I trust the guys on this board to do the job right.

I may be able to get my association to pay for it since they repaired this pipe 2 years ago when the fitting burst after freezing. The unit was abandoned and they left the heat completely off and the pipes weren't unwrapped during the winter. So I suspect that whoever did the work before didn't do the job correctly.

PM me someone can take a few hours out maye this weekend or even anytime this week and sweat a fitting. It's 3/4" copper pipe. I'll have the wall opened up and the line shut off and mostly drained before you show up.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-10-2003, 06:49 PM
 
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If this is just repairing a leaking connection, don't be afraid to tackle this job yourself. Sweating a pipe isn't very difficult. I put a utility sink in my basement last year and out of 16 or so connections only one leaked!

If there is anything flamable near or behind the connection, make sure you use a fireproof pad to cover it.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-10-2003, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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By the time I buy the torch, cutters and materials.... I could probably pay someone on this board $80-100 to do it right within 2 hours.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-11-2003, 02:25 AM
 
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If I wasn't blind in one eye and could drive/had the time....I'd certainly do it for ya.......but alas, I can't.
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By the time I buy the torch, cutters and materials.... I could probably pay someone on this board $80-100 to do it right within 2 hours.
Cherry,

You can do an engine and a tranny, but your intimidated by a leaky pipe Should cost no more than $30.00 for materials including the torch, and should take 30 minutes to re-sweat the fitting. Remember the pipes must be dry, clean and use plenty of flux. I stuff a hung of white bread in the pipe to soak up any water, make sure the pipe is good and hot, the solder will get "sucked" into the fitting. Unfortunately I'll be installing a fireplace flue this weekend, or I would lend a hand. You can borrow my tools if you like.

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Alright....I'll give it a shot myself. Draining might be the hardest parts. Me and a propane torch may not be the best idea.... but what the hell.

Fixing a tranny is a matter of understand how it works and how it goes together. Sweating the pipe seems like more technique.
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Cherry,

Remember 3 things, dry,clean and hot. And if you run into a problem call me at 847-347-8358. You have any pics of the pipe and area?

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Cherry,

Remember 3 things, dry,clean and hot. And if you run into a problem call me at 847-347-8358. You have any pics of the pipe and area?
No, but I might considering buy a cheap digital camera so everyone can experience my plight.

I have a friend at work that's goign ot loan me a Torch & ignitor and a pipe cutter. I'll just go buy some flux, and lead free solder at Home Depot. I mgiht also get a new elbow just in case. I have some new scotchbrite pads and tubing to siphon out the water.

I'm going to cut out and cap my water softner too while I'm at it. It's dead and currently bypassed. I'm going to buy a new one next week. I'm jsut goign ot suck it up, abuse the credit cards adn get it all fixed.

Then I jsut need ot replace 2 sections fo dry wall... but I think my homeowners insurance will cover most of that... and i can probably get a buddy to do it cheaper than a quote I'll get from a contractor.
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