Tips for tapping

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Old 10-08-02, 08:52 AM
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Tips for tapping

I am putting a half bath in my basement. I have all the plumbing pipes fitted and ready to be tapped into the 3/4" hot/cold lines. I'm a little nervous. Any tips? (besides turning off the main suplly valve....)
 
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Old 10-08-02, 10:59 AM
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Cool

What kind of pipes?
Make sure that all water has been drained out by opening a far faucet (hot & cold) for air.
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Old 10-08-02, 11:09 AM
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Something a plumber told me once (assuming you are sweating copper):

If you have trouble getting all the water out of the pipe and a very small amount keeps running to the joint making it impossible to sweat, push a small amount of plain white bread (no seeds, crust, etc) into the pipe and work fast. The bread will hold back the water long enough to sweat the joint and will disintegrate when the water is turned on. Has worked great for me a couple times.

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Old 10-08-02, 11:12 AM
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it is copper, and i have heard of the bread thing before so I will do that. anything else I should know about? any way to pretest what I have already put together?
 
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Old 10-08-02, 11:30 AM
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No other special tips that I know of other than the standard techniques for sweating. Don't know of any way to pretest; wish there was. I have found that sometimes a short prayer before turning on the water helps

Bruce
 
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Old 10-08-02, 12:22 PM
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I guess that's what I have to do....wish me luck...thanks!
 
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Old 10-08-02, 10:11 PM
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one time while repairing a copper piipe I asked the customer for a piece of bread. She came back with a club sandwich and told me if I was still hungry she would make me another one.
 
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Old 10-09-02, 07:01 AM
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LOL

Maybe next time you might get a full course meal.

I get some of the strangest looks when I ask for a slice or two of bread.

Then they come out with a wheat bread, and they have no regular bread, then the store is a good 5 miles away.

Don't you just hate when that happens.

Now I try to remember to take bread when ever I feel I will need it.
 
 

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