Hilarious/Terrifying Things We See In Our House: Part Five
This one has been sitting down in the basement for waaaay too long. It's pretty shameful that it it took my months to get around to fixing it. It's a miracle that I didn't end up with a basement full of water.
I don't think I've ever seen pipe corrosion quite this extreme.
But the other night I carved out some time and 20 satisfying minutes later, peace and order was restored to the tiny village.
If you've never sweated a copper pipe before, you should giver it a shot, it's not difficult at all. Here are a couple links with the basics:
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at December 7, 2010 5:00 AM
I dont do a whole lot of plumbing except for the occasional faucet, disposal, toilet,etc swap out. About year ago, I installed cabinets in an old condo unit that use to be apartments in Hartford. This place must have been put up in the 20's and the plumbing was still all connected, with no local shut off.
In order to get the base cabinet in I had to turn off the water which affected 3 other Condo units. I cut the spaghetti mess of pipes,put in the new base cab and sweated new pipe, with shutoffs, under the sink. Well every time, I got done the 90 year old lady next store kept playing with the faucets, creating backflow and ruining my work. She simply wouldnt listen , was crazy or someone did not explain things fully to her. I even tried the whole bread in the pipe trick to keep the pipes dry.
So after the 3rd strike I said eff this and just got sharkbites, which are no sub for learning how to sweat pipe, but are great in a pinch and should be in every plumbing bag.
Joe, yeah tell me about it. I knew it was bad when I felt compelled to shut the house water off before going away for the weekend. Coming back on Sunday, I was terrified to turn it back on again, thinking that the sudden water pressure would blow the whole thing apart. Maybe it's time to do something about this, I thought...
Wow, you dodged a bullet on that one. Could you poke your finger through the pipe ?
Sweating copper, my only 2 tips are:
Clean those fittings! even after you've taken a wire brush to them, and paper, clean them a little more.
Use lots of flux. It's your friend.