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A. Spruce
Re: Old copper joint

Glad we were of assistance, good to hear things went smoothly.:)

i.m.plummin
Re: Old copper joint

If this is all accessable and you have a torch then you can most certainly sweat the joint apart providing it is dry. You can also clean all the fittings up and resolder it or replace the fitting. very easy just pay attention to your heat control. If the flame turns green then BACK OFF. Solder is drawn into the joint by capillary action.:cool:

And once again DEBBIE, please stop it. You are dangerous.:p

richardbentz
Re: Old copper joint
A. Spruce wrote:

A section of pipe doesn't even need to be cut out, just cut the pipe at the leak (after doing the emory cloth thing) and then slip a new sweat union fitting over it. The trick here is to get a union that doesn't have a stop in the middle of it (or file out one that does) so that you can slide the union all the way over one side of the pipe, align the pipe halves and slide the union across the joint. Solder it up and you're all done.

Another method that works, but I don't recommend it if you can do the above repair, is to use a bandaid. You cut a union fitting in half along it's length and it's width to come up with a arched piece of copper. Shine up the patch and the repair area and solder it in place.

This "arched piece of copper" idea is intriguing, BUT how do you hold it in place while attempting to heat it and apply solder ??

goldhiller
Re: Old copper joint

richard,

A little piece of light gauge wire cinched around the thing should do the trick. :)

canuk
Re: Old copper joint

Duct tape or gum ...... just kidding:D

goldhiller
Re: Old copper joint

Heck....if ya got duct tape....ya don't need no solder.

We don't need no stinking solder. :D

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Old copper joint

A big clothespin will work also and doesn't act as a heat sink.:D
Jack

A. Spruce
Re: Old copper joint

Another method would be to pre-tin the patch and the pipe, then hold the patch in place with pliers and apply the heat.

richardbentz
Re: Old copper joint
goldhiller wrote:

richard,

A little piece of light gauge wire cinched around the thing should do the trick. :)

Yep, good idea, thnx
R

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