leak in copper joint I just saudered

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Old 05-27-01, 03:48 PM
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I just added some copper lines to my system, and I guess I did not sauder the joints properly because they are leaking. I tried to put more sauder on them, with no success. Does anyone have any recomendations.

Lloyd
 
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Old 05-27-01, 05:12 PM
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Lloyd,
Go to "Build/Remodel" and "Repair/Fix-It" above and to http://www.bhglive.com/homeimp/ and follow the Plumbing section links on how to solder copper pipes.
You have to thoroughly clean both interior
and the exterior surfaces of the pipe and fittings with emory cloth or fine sandpaper befoer adding the flux.
Heat the fitting, NOT the pipe. Hold the solder to the opposite side.
Good Luck!
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Old 05-27-01, 05:18 PM
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I had followed those ideas, but I think there might have been water in the pipes, so the suader didn't work properly. Do I need to completedly redo the work, or is there an easier way.
 
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Old 05-27-01, 06:12 PM
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not to attack your ability's but you are probobly better off calling a plumber. You dont want a copper joint blowing apart when you are not home.
 
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Yes, they need to be re-soldered.
 
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Yeah, it turned out because there was still water in the pipes, so they would not solder properly. I redid them and everything is allright.

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Lloyd,
The next time that you solder copper pipes, and they still have a dribble of water in them, try the old bread trick.
Roll a little ball of white bread (no crust), and stop up the pipe temporarily.
The bread will hold the water back until you can solder the connection, and then will dissolve away when you turn the water back on.
Glad you finished your job o.k.
Good Luck!
Mike
 
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