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Quick leak fix (by DJ [VA]) Nov 19, 2023 7:57 AM
       Quick leak fix (by NE [PA]) Nov 19, 2023 8:00 AM
       Quick leak fix (by Vee [OH]) Nov 19, 2023 8:22 AM
       Quick leak fix (by Jason [VA]) Nov 19, 2023 8:23 AM
       Quick leak fix (by unb [GA]) Nov 19, 2023 9:15 AM
       Quick leak fix (by zero [IN]) Nov 19, 2023 11:20 AM
       Quick leak fix (by unb [GA]) Nov 19, 2023 12:38 PM
       Quick leak fix (by DJ [VA]) Nov 19, 2023 12:39 PM
       Quick leak fix (by Jason [VA]) Nov 19, 2023 12:45 PM
       Quick leak fix (by NE [PA]) Nov 19, 2023 12:47 PM
       Quick leak fix (by NE [PA]) Nov 19, 2023 12:48 PM
       Quick leak fix (by zero [IN]) Nov 19, 2023 1:44 PM
       Quick leak fix (by DJ [VA]) Nov 19, 2023 5:01 PM
       Quick leak fix (by NE [PA]) Nov 19, 2023 5:38 PM
       Quick leak fix (by GKARL [PA]) Nov 19, 2023 9:34 PM
       Quick leak fix (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Nov 19, 2023 9:52 PM
       Quick leak fix (by don [PA]) Nov 20, 2023 11:27 AM
       Quick leak fix (by unb [GA]) Nov 20, 2023 1:46 PM
       Quick leak fix (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Nov 20, 2023 7:15 PM
       Quick leak fix (by unb [GA]) Nov 22, 2023 3:54 PM

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Quick leak fix (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 7:57 AM
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This morning I just noticed a bubble in the ceiling (of my own house) where I know some water pipes run. (there was a leak there when we bought the house 26 yrs ago)

I'm 99% sure it's copper.

I'll open it up from below after church & need (prefer) a quick fix.

I'm traveling for 9 days starting at o-dark-hundred(way too early) in the AM TOMORROW.

I need the water on while I'm gone for the renter in my attached studio.

I'm checking youtube, etc, too - but you have real experience with what works.

Is there some type of fast, temporary patch I can apply for now - until I get home to do it right? one I can truly trust for 10+ days. Assuming it's a pinhole leak. It doesn't seem to be gushing.

Of course, I do have other pre-trip stuff I planned to / still need to do today. Ugh!

Thanks in advance --68.229.xxx.xxx




Quick leak fix (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 8:00 AM
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Just cut out the bad spot and put in a shark bite coupler. --24.152.xxx.xx




Quick leak fix (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 8:22 AM
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I follow what NE said, many wanna be plumbers do this daily rather than start your house on fire. A very long time agon I had a chance to fix a leak where rotten timber collapsed causing a leak, I discovered that a heater hose fit over the threaded portion and hose clamps held it tight almost a month. --184.59.xxx.xx




Quick leak fix (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 8:23 AM
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Assuming it isnít from the roof, a shark bite repair coupling will do the trick. Just make sure to follow the instructions. --174.193.xx.xxx




Quick leak fix (by unb [GA]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 9:15 AM
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use a slip fit coupler. not a regular sharkbite. --108.239.xx.xx




Quick leak fix (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 11:20 AM
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If it is just a pinhole you could also wrap it with the fancy mesh and bondo like stuff. I used that to fix a small leak at an elbow once. Lasted until I got back and tore it all out which was months later.

That way you do not shut supply off which as you know can lead to problems with shaking stuff loose.

Get in there and see what it is first though.

Best of luck. These things always seem worse when you have a busy schedule lined up.

I guess if it is just a really slow leak you could put a bucket under it and deal with it when you come back. I would worry about what else might be bad or if it would get worse within a short time. --107.147.xx.xxx




Quick leak fix (by unb [GA]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 12:38 PM
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is this on a drain line? I thought it was a copper water PRESSURE LINE?

slip FIT IS GREAT FOR CEILING leaks where the pipes aren't moving to well or through a wall.

I've used steel braded lines with shark bites on the main line coming into the house in ground and all through ceiling leaks. Best part is the braid comes in different lengths too. (for copper pull the plastic insert out-- makes install so much easier. --108.239.xx.xx




Quick leak fix (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 12:39 PM
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Thanks, everybody!

I had thought shark-bites were just for PEX.

Learn something new every day : )

It is copper - 3/4". A very slow, weeping leak at a soldered joint.

I probably could just leave it until I get back. It's open to the heat from the house, and hopefully won't get worse that soon. Hmmm, I might.

I see the shark bite couplings online. What is the difference to a "regular" vs slip fit? --68.229.xxx.xxx




Quick leak fix (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 12:45 PM
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If itís at a joint, drain the line and re-solder it (then replace the pipe when you get back. --172.58.xxx.xxx




Quick leak fix (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 12:47 PM
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DJ, I use shark bites all the time and I donít know the difference between the two. Any shark bite that you get at your local hardware store or Home Depot will work just fine. Just be prepared if you cut this coupling out that you may not have much flex in your pipes to reconnect. So cut as close to the fitting as possible. Even better, drain the line and torch it until it frees up so you donít lose any pipe length.

Not sure here, but Iím assuming slip fit is something you might get at the supply house. Plumber jargon Iím guessing --24.152.xxx.xx




Quick leak fix (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 12:48 PM
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If you do end up cutting it too short, you may have to go to the plumbing supply house to get a 3/4Ē inch copper pipe stretcher. They are rather pricey, but extremely handy if you can find one. --24.152.xxx.xx




Quick leak fix (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 1:44 PM
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Slow weeping leak take the chance it will hold while you are gone. Put a pan or bucket under it and head out.

Otherwise you are going to take the chance that once you start working it will become a bigger project.

When you go looking for the pipe stretchers they will be next to the aluminum magnets. --107.147.xx.xxx




Quick leak fix (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 5:01 PM
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zero - that's exactly what I think, too.

Once I start it could turn into something I couldn't finish today.

I have a big, plastic tub under the hole. I've only seen 1 or 2 drips in it all afternoon.

I did go to H. Depot for parts.

I found the slip connector. It allows you to push the pipe in farther, to be able to make a close connection where there is no slack. Well, there was a spot for them, and the guy says they usually have them, but - none in stock. : (

Something to look forward to when I get back! Oh, did I mention it is really tight, overhead, and has 2 tight (no slack) electrical wires against it? Yay! --68.229.xxx.xxx




Quick leak fix (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 5:38 PM
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If youíre daring, you can cut the wire holes in the joists a little wider with a sawzal for the electrical wires to give you a little more slack.

Ps: donít forget your permit. --24.152.xxx.xx




Quick leak fix (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 9:34 PM
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I generally turn off my water as a precaution when traveling however that's not a option for you. Every project that seems to be simple can get complex particularly if you're on a time crunch. I'd wait to deal with it when you get back. Maybe put some sort sealant on it as a temporary fix. --209.122.xx.xxx




Quick leak fix (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 9:52 PM
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Better option is to buy some Uponor commercial pex piping then replace all the older copper piping in ceiling as more then likely it is going leak somewhere else. Residential grade copper piping is very thin. A type Uponor is easy to bend where less joints are required where one time the special expansion tool will set you back. Commercial pex piping once have the special tools is not much expensive then the cheap B type pex piping sold in the big box stores. With the fittings the diameter of the connections is the same as diameter of the Uponor pex where one 3/4' hot and cold pipe can be manifolded to supply a few plumbing fixtures. In freezing conditions pex expands then contracts where usually no damage. Also with Uponor pex piping it is possible to install a sprinkler system where a sprinkler head for each room. Contractors simplify pex system where Uponor pex piping is used in residential and commercial applications along with easiest to install. --207.236.xxx.xxx




Quick leak fix (by don [PA]) Posted on: Nov 20, 2023 11:27 AM
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A slip fit coupling is longer and can bridge across the cutout piece of pipe that was leaking. Sometimes called a repair coupling. The alternative is to use two regular couplings and a short piece of copper tube or pex.

You wrote that your leak is at a soldered joint. If the joint is a coupling then you could cut it out and use a repair coupling. If the joint is a t or elbow then you cannot use a repair coupling; you would need either a sharkbite T or elbow along with several sharkbite couplings. --73.141.xxx.xxx




Quick leak fix (by unb [GA]) Posted on: Nov 20, 2023 1:46 PM
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slip fit is not plumbing jargon. there sold at H-depot and lowes. When you have copper-- lets say in the yard its stiff no flex except maybe a little left or right. The slip fit coupling allows you to slid the SharkBite on and past the repair and then pull it back to lock.

There are similar coupling for PVC. There's no stop built into the fitting. If you haven't worked in a ridged setting its hard to understand why you would need them. We keep 1/2-3/4 slip fits on our maint truck. Go to the box store and look them up you'll understand then.

As far as your elbow leaking-- you don't need slip fit because you can pull the elbow away to engage the SharkBite. Think steel braded bite there unless its a tee? --108.239.xx.xx




Quick leak fix (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Nov 20, 2023 7:15 PM
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Safe travels --24.101.xxx.xxx




Quick leak fix (by unb [GA]) Posted on: Nov 22, 2023 3:54 PM
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Ray N Pa. the last post safe travels-- how did you mean that? Cause I'm still laughing.

Did you really mean safe travels rest easy? Or safe travels that union wouldn't blow apart while your gone? --108.239.xx.xx



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