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  • Have you repaired polybutylene?

    Have you ever repaired polybutylene pipe that failed? NOT the fittings or at the fitting, but the actual pipe.

    Thanks.

    J.C.

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    Re: Have you repaired polybutylene?

    Originally posted by JCsPlumbing View Post
    Have you ever repaired polybutylene pipe that failed? NOT the fittings or at the fitting, but the actual pipe.

    Thanks.

    J.C.
    Only when a rock was jammed against it for a few decades. Or a electrical ground was hammered through it.
    (The Low Spark of Steel-Toed Boys)

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    • #3
      Re: Have you repaired polybutylene?

      I've only replaced sections of it with repair fittings for a temporary fix. I spent 5 years doing mobile home repipes in the class action suit. One mobile repipe a day, six days a week, five years. I love poly, it paid for my house.
      The Other Rick

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      • #4
        Re: Have you repaired polybutylene?

        All the time. Usually small pin hole that are so small you can't see the leak until you place some paper next to the pipe.
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        • #5
          Re: Have you repaired polybutylene?

          Yes, Both times it was due to some really crazy bends placed in the pipe @ installation.

          The rest of the time it fails @ the crimp / fitting

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          • #6
            Re: Have you repaired polybutylene?

            Originally posted by gear junkie View Post
            All the time. Usually small pin hole that are so small you can't see the leak until you place some paper next to the pipe.
            Mostly broken or cracked fittings but have seen a few pin holes like Ben says. Some were hard to find they were so small.

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            • #7
              Re: Have you repaired polybutylene?

              I used to just replace it all with this one company that I worked for years ago,(entire houses)

              I however never repaired it.,..........
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              • #8
                Re: Have you repaired polybutylene?

                We still have a little left around here..
                if it has more than a soft bend it will end up with a pin hole in the pipe..

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                • #9
                  Re: Have you repaired polybutylene?

                  Pin holes all the time, especially on the hot side and slight or hard bends.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Have you repaired polybutylene?

                    Lots of pinholes almost always on a hot line. Thank God they have transition couplings now, when it was first pulled off the market it seemed like for a couple years unless you had a stockpile of old fittings there was nothing available to do the repair or switch it to pex with.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Have you repaired polybutylene?

                      Originally posted by gear junkie View Post
                      All the time. Usually small pin hole that are so small you can't see the leak until you place some paper next to the pipe.
                      That's a really good trick. I also used your corner of a piece of newspaper trick for leak detection. Both work awesome, thanks man!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Have you repaired polybutylene?

                        I didn't even try I just replaced it.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Have you repaired polybutylene?

                          All the time, the neighborhood I live in is a hot zone for Poly B leaks for some reason, must' ve been a bad batch
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                          • #14
                            Re: Have you repaired polybutylene?

                            Yupp lots of it :-)

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                            • #15
                              Re: Have you repaired polybutylene?

                              I have repaired polybutylene once, four more leaks later I am just digging the dang thing up. That stuff is about as great as orangeburg.

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