Re-Solder Copper Pipe After Water Leaked
May 14, 2011 10:58 AM Subscribe
Help Soldering Water Pipe - AGAIN (please don't recommend shark bites or any shortcuts - I did it last year, and it leaked again, thats why I'm trying to do this the right way).
posted by absolutshrk to home & garden (17 answers total)
Ok, well I'm a newbie at soldering, but I've done it a few times before with luck, just not a water pipe.
The copper water pipe in my garage cracked, so I cut out the bad pipe, and got a new small copper pipe with fittings (not threaded) and sweated the pipe, and soldered it (yes, used flux), did everything according to instructions.
However, I guess I didn't solder good enough, and after turning on the water for only a second, a few spots were spraying where the fittings were soldered.
So now, I turned the water off (but left the faucet on so pressure can escape), I've heated up the pipe, and yet when I try to add solder, it just falls off, it won't adhere. Can anyone please help me, tell me there is some way to fix this without having to take the damn pipe off and start all over ??
Thank you in advance!