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Old 05-11-2010, 07:22 PM   #1
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Menards and Lowes sells a fiberglass pipe wrap for 20 dollars. It is suppose to work on copper and galvanized water pipes. There is suppose to be an expoxy on the wrap that creates a chemical reaction when expose to water, thus sealing the leak forever. Has anyone tried this product yet? I have a small dripping leak in a 1/2 inch copper water line. Since I have little experience installing copper water lines, do you have to take to copper elbow completely off to re solder it? Or can I just put new solder over the existing connection?
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Old 05-11-2010, 07:27 PM   #2
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Not a plumber but I do know that you shouldn't just add solder to the joint. The solder will not suck into the joint and just be a bandaid at best.

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Menards and Lowes sells a fiberglass pipe wrap for 20 dollars. It is suppose to work on copper and galvanized water pipes. There is suppose to be an expoxy on the wrap that creates a chemical reaction when expose to water, thus sealing the leak forever. Has anyone tried this product yet? I have a small dripping leak in a 1/2 inch copper water line. Since I have little experience installing copper water lines, do you have to take to copper elbow completely off to re solder it? Or can I just put new solder over the existing connection?

As long as you can get most of the water from the pipe you could just heat the elbow and if your lucky get the solder to flow and seal but more than likely you will have to heat the elbow remove it then clean fitting and pipe then flux and resolder. Pretty simple as long as you can get the water out of the pipe. A wet and dry vac works very well for this.
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fiberglass tape to stop a leak in copper pipe sounds like an egg in the radiator...might get you to your destination, but you're still going to need a new radiator.
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Mighty Putty fixes everything.
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Mighty Putty fixes everything.
I never used MIGHT PUTTY on anything. Does it really work?
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The crazy thing is that stuff does work. I used to use it years ago on my windsurf boards way before it was ever branded mighty putty. Stuff is super strong and goes of underwater. Dont know if i would trust it on a bad bit of copper though. Your prob asking for trouble.
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drain water out of line and resolder or cut it out and use shark-bite fitting
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Three options...

A) Call a plumber.
B) Drain water, remove fitting, flux and solder new fitting.
C) Wrap an old mop string around the leak.




a) wife's answer
b) my answer
c) grandma's answer
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EB Green will save the day for you. Seriously. It will seal the leak for sure. If you can find some. Its used as a Damage Control tool on Navy ships and its better than 100 mile an hour tape we used to use. We called it that because even at 100 mph it wouldn't come off and make you loose your gear.
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As long as you can get most of the water from the pipe you could just heat the elbow and if your lucky get the solder to flow and seal but more than likely you will have to heat the elbow remove it then clean fitting and pipe then flux and resolder. Pretty simple as long as you can get the water out of the pipe. A wet and dry vac works very well for this.
The piece of bread trick works great too, for situations like this
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The piece of bread trick works great too, for situations like this

They make a synthetic version of that now. I bought some a couple years ago and never had to use it yet. So no idea how well it works. Just remember to remove the airators on the faucets before opeing the system back up.
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Well pictures would definetly help,....But I would leave the super tape on the shelf for a desperate Hack.....

Any tom, dick, or harry can put in a sharkbite connector, elbow or watever you need,......for 7-10 dollars.

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bubble head?
No. Crunchy. But my uncle was a bubble head and during a family gathering where we were swapping stories I mentioned 100 mph tape and he topped me with EB Green. One of the things that stuck was that it was one of the most jacked items because of its utility. If Senior Chief's are poaching it then it must be damn fine stuff.
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They make a synthetic version of that now.
I didn't know that, whats it called and where can you get it. For all the repair and retrofits I do I would use it all the time
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Should he leave the tap open, to prevent pressure buildup? Hate the thought of a pipe exploding in someone's face. Of course, it may not be necessary in his situation.
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I didn't know that, whats it called and where can you get it. For all the repair and retrofits I do I would use it all the time

I bought the pack i have from Lowes. It's just called plumbers bread. It was with all the solders and fluxes.
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No. Crunchy. But my uncle was a bubble head and during a family gathering where we were swapping stories I mentioned 100 mph tape and he topped me with EB Green. One of the things that stuck was that it was one of the most jacked items because of its utility. If Senior Chief's are poaching it then it must be damn fine stuff.
Ha! This one made me laugh..sounds like our cans of vulcanizing tape. I was an Airdale Tweak for 6 years...
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Or can I just put new solder over the existing connection?
No. Solder doesn't stick well to an oxidized surface, which is why you have to clean even brand new shiny fittings (because the O2 in air causes a thin layer of oxidized copper on the surface that can cause a failure.) You have to pull everything apart, clean everything, flux (prevents oxidation because heat accelerates oxidation reactions) and solder.

As to some of the other comments about pipes blowing apart from heat if you don't open a faucet valve, I can't speak to that, but all the valves should be open anyway to accommodate drainage of the lines. Water in the lines will absorb all of the heat and not allow the copper to get hot enough to solder.

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