Drying out installed copper pipe before sweating - Best Practices
And to add another interesting aspect, since washing machines shut the water off rapidly, I add water hammer arrestors to the washing machine pipes. I can't tell by the picture if you already have them but now would be the time to add them. No need to buy them, just make them up.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Re-mdlr,
Nov 22, 2012, 03:20 PM
I don't know it the photo really defines sloppy work. We may all have different definition. A wee bit to much solder used on the sweat maybe, but a tough sweat for sure. And as all would be hidden by drywall, not a problem, but that is just my opin. Goo luck whatever you decide as your post generated many replies.
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Nov 23, 2012, 12:42 AM
Thanks, Sparky. And thanks to all of you for your input. I have a feeling I will learn a great deal in the process of solving this problem :-)This message has been edited. Last edited by: GottaDIYIt,
Nov 30, 2012, 10:56 AM
to answer the question. how would a plumber dry out a pipe to sweat a joint turn off water open all valves in house using a bicycle pump, with the end cut off stick in the pipe and pump followed by placing moutn on pipe and blowing if water continues due to a leaky valve cut pipe and stuff with bread this trick works , BUT you gotta be QUICK you have a window of aboutr 3 minutes untill the bread disolves use your large turbo torch tip you will need a lot of heat to dry out drips but DO NOT over heat and burn fitting after leak is fixed, your last joint i would use a brass union,so that water cannot mess with you.. making the last joint mechanical instead of sweat SPARKEY you called it right, sloppy workmenship the joints need to be wipped after sweating that will get you run off down here in rebel land wipping a joint is like wipping yer but yer not done till its done This message has been edited. Last edited by: Frodo,