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  • Okay, your out in the boondocks and...........

    you encounter a split/frozen copper pipe.

    you don't have anymore coupling or repair clamps and you need to get the water going.

    how would you repair this?

    i have my own method that i've been taught.

    please remember, this is only a temporary repair.

    i clean the pipe at the split with my fitting brush.

    i apply flux and squeeze the pipe back into shape. with the tip of the plier jaw i then squeeze the pipe slightly into the pipe (this allows for a little pooling of the molten solder).

    with solder and torch in hand i then proceed to patch.

    this won't work well if the split pipe in question is closed. the pipe must be open to the atmosphere so expanded air has a place to go.

    Vince
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    Re: Okay, your out in the boondocks and...........

    Back in the day, I used to do this for all my financially challenged customers.


    It works quite well, just have to know how to build up the solder to close it. If it's incorrect, it'll spray an almost invisible spray from any spot that didn't seal up.


    I did hose bibb repairs all the time like this.

    Haven't done this method in almost 20 years though. It will work in a pinch.


    I'm sure this will get a rise but I always solder IPS to IPS on my shower valves inside the wall on a rework. Can't control heat sink so what's the point of taping a connection that you know will be compromised by heat?


    It's the only time I do it, and I've caught/seen plumbers soldering MIP's into PRV's. That's a no-no all the way.
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    • #3
      Re: Okay, your out in the boondocks and...........

      depends on the extreme of the emergency one can use a few hose clamps and a section of garden hose, or automotive heater hose but it is only temporary until proper repairs can be made.
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      • #4
        Re: Okay, your out in the boondocks and...........

        If you have some copper tube you can cut out a patch and place over the split and solder in place for a temp. fix.

        G3

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          Re: Okay, your out in the boondocks and...........

          Originally posted by G3sprinklers View Post
          If you have some copper tube you can cut out a patch and place over the split and solder in place for a temp. fix.

          G3
          Thats what I would do, just like a patch pannel on a rusted out truck.

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          • #6
            Re: Okay, your out in the boondocks and...........

            you could braze it

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            • #7
              Re: Okay, your out in the boondocks and...........

              Originally posted by BHD View Post
              depends on the extreme of the emergency one can use a few hose clamps and a section of garden hose, or automotive heater hose but it is only temporary until proper repairs can be made.
              They might work but I would not use them on a potable water line except as a totally last resort and it is an emergency that the water needs to be on for. In that case I'd pick a piece of garden hose over the radiator hose.
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