Main line into house


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Old 03-02-21, 01:05 PM
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Main line into house

What would be the easiest way to fix this. Been living with it since I bought house 20 years ago but I'm pretty sure it is affecting water pressure. As you can see previous owner had work done and they didn't line pipes up so looks like they just pushed it over to line up causing it to kink or twist.


I know I am going to have to tear up the patio pavers and dig down but should I solder a new piece or use sharkbite connection?
 
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Old 03-02-21, 02:11 PM
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Definitely going to have to dig down.
Personally I'd solder the pipe.
Either way.... solder on or shark bite.... the pipe is going to need to be straight and very clean.
 
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Old 03-03-21, 04:52 PM
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Yeah I knew I would need to dig down and cut it off but didn't know if best to just solder or use sharkbite if they work real good and are dependable. I guess it will also depend on how much straight pipe there would be left or if it has 90 going out to the meter.
 
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Old 03-04-21, 05:13 AM
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If you have the option I would always choose sweated over a bite fitting. Doubly so for a pipe that is exposed to bumps like yours.
 
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Old 03-04-21, 09:57 AM
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Agreed - soldered will get you a longer-term solution. I'd also work on getting rid of that galvanized pipe too while you're at it. I can't quite tell where it's going, but any galvanized pipe in water systems is pretty much past its prime.
 
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Old 03-04-21, 01:37 PM
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Interesting...SharkBite's are guaranteed or warrantied for 25 years. Might last longer. But a solder or sweated joint can last 25, 35, 40, 50 or more years. The thing is, 25 years come quicker than you like to think. And that 25 years is also growing on you as well.

When I was younger bending and twisting to do plumbing work was no big deal. That was 40 - 50 years ago. Every thing I soldered back then is still holding except if I decided to make a change.

I'm, 72 now. I can still and will solder plumbing joints if need be. But for those hard to reach areas that I did years ago, I'm glad they did not have SharkBite's then. So no on SharkBite's if they are not in a very open and clear area within easy reach. Never under ground or behind walls.
 
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Old 03-05-21, 05:46 PM
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The galvanized pipe is the main water line going into the house. Not sure how where it connects to copper. Line going into water heat closet is all copper and from what I can tell there are copper lines to the faucets.
 
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Old 03-06-21, 12:52 PM
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The galvanized pipe is the main water line going into the house. Not sure how where it connects to copper.
The pictures in post #1 look like copper piper coming up through the pavers. The twist is probably from when the galvanized elbow was threaded onto the copper male threaded adapter a few inches about the pavers. I cannot believe a real plumber would do a hack job like this. At the very least there needs to be a dielectric union between the copper and galvanized pipes/fittings. The twist in the copper pipe will not affect the pressure, but it might slightly reduce flow.
 
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Old 03-08-21, 10:35 AM
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Never thought it was caused by tightening thread above but I'm sure you are correct. Previous owner may have done the work himself although he was quite elderly and could have been taken advantage of by a plumber with no morals (happened to my stepfather). He added one of those small $50 water filters to filter before entering the home. Was actually a pretty stupid thing to do and added about 6' of hose to make it flexible or something...got rid of it as soon as I bought the house but have been living with that twisted pipe.
 
 

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