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    was helping a friend out today, the work included some supply line replacement. anyway, had one piece of pipe that would not dry out no matter what i did. opened up faucets on the same line. opened up valves lower, etc....yet the water kept on coming. thin solid stream. not dripping.

    anyway i know about the bread trick, did not help. was a long gruling pain in the *** to sweat the joint but i finally got it....

    looking for tips to solve this problem in the future

    thanks guys
    \"A SHIP OF WAR IS THE BEST AMBASSADOR\"<br /><br />OLIVER CROMWELL

  • #2
    i know of a product call jet plug its a rubber plug on a long rod you slide thourgh a valve or a half union tighten it up stops flow they work ok

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    • #3
      I had the same problem, main water shut off leaked...Had to use shop vac hooked up to outside faucet with some other faucets opened up to supply more air flow...worked like a charm..

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      • #4
        You should also try to prop the line up so the water flows back the other way. It works for me all the time
        Mike

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        • #5
          Sometimes it helps to open the meter coupling to drain off water from inside the house and prevent continued flow thru the water meter...assuming this is a single dwelling and you won't flood the basement or other area.

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          • #6
            If its a small drip try white bread or shaving cream or packing dry ice around the pipe

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            • #7
              Jet Sweats. Work like a charm.

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              • #8
                The hot water tank depending on it's location can be a neverending source of H2O. Closing the valve to the HWT can also help.

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                • #9
                  Drain about three gals. of water from hot water heater that way most of water will drain into tank then sweat a drain coupling on to the side with the soure of water. If this doesnt work wedge something between pipe to cause back pitch and then sweat a ball valve on.

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                  • #10
                    Another trick i used before which worked for small trickles of water is get another torch a couple of feet down the line, continuously heat a small area of pipe (keeping it hot)and the water should stop at that point and will not flow to the joint you are working on, It should give u enough time to solder your fitting. Or you can do this with 1 torch, by heating a section a couple feet away. Again, it only works on small trickles.

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                    • #11
                      How about shutting off the main supply, opening up a few nearby faucets and then blowing compressd air in the pipe end?

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