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Old 04-10-2009, 08:46 AM   #1
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Best fix for this?

The line on the right in the photo has a leak at the threaded area. This is my hot water line.
How should I repair this? Can I try to thread it in more and then seal it with something, or replace the line. Thanks
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The line on the right in the photo has a leak at the threaded area. This is my hot water line.
How should I repair this? Can I try to thread it in more and then seal it with something, or replace the line. Thanks
Try tightening it.

If that fails, then take it apart and add some "teflon tape" to the threads.

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Considering the age of the copper I would cut the T out about 2 ins. back on both sides and remove it from the Black line.

You can replace it with either Sea Teck plastic fittings or copper. I would suggest the Sea Teck system because it will give you freedom of positioning when threading the fitting on to the hose and aligning the other piping.

An additional advantage of Sea Teck is you can remove it without tool if the first attempt is not good.
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Howie brings up some excellent points but..
Just so you know, depending on the age of the copper pipe..It may not be possible to find an exact replacement size for it..
Been there and, done that..
I ran into that problem with my 64GT..
The copper pipes size use then were not available today.
I would follow Andy's suggestion as the best way..Try to just keep it simple..
And, recycle.
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Howie brings up some excellent points but..
Just so you know, depending on the age of the copper pipe..It may not be possible to find an exact replacement size for it..
Been there and, done that..
I ran into that problem with my 64GT..
The copper pipes size use then were not available today.
I would follow Andy's suggestion as the best way..Try to just keep it simple..
And, recycle.
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Airstream has never used an "odd ball" size copper tubing.

When an odd size comes to light, some where, some how, a freeze took place, and expanded the tubing.

We receive calls for those odd sizes all to often.

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Airstream has never used an "odd ball" size copper tubing.

When an odd size comes to light, some where, some how, a freeze took place, and expanded the tubing.
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or a PO repair, perhaps?

got a question on a similar vein: were those "non-oddball sizes" of copper pipe 1/4, 3/8, 1/2?
I was kind of wondering about the really thin looking lines that go to the faucets. assuming that they're 1/4".
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When an odd size comes to light, some where, some how, a freeze took place, and expanded the tubing.

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Been there, done that. Some really ugly "repairs" that I'm glad no one can see.
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I started working for a plumber in 1953 and to my knowledge pipe sizes have never changed. The public has trouble accepting the fact that 1/2 copper is measured from the outside and 1/2 in iron pipe is measured from the inside. It is this deviation in sizes that causes a lot of problems.

What you have in front of you is an adapter Tee of 1/2 in female iron pipe X 3/8 in copper pipe X 1/2 copper pipe.

I suggested cutting it out because it will be very difficult to grip the copper Tee without damaging it. Old plumbing is best cut out because you will cut it out before you are done.
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or a PO repair, perhaps?

got a question on a similar vein: were those "non-oddball sizes" of copper pipe 1/4, 3/8, 1/2?
I was kind of wondering about the really thin looking lines that go to the faucets. assuming that they're 1/4".
The standard sizes Airstream used for water and/or LPG as the case may be, was 1/4", 3/8', and 1/2".

They never used 1/4" for a faucet.

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Then...what is this? PO repair, I'd guess. just cuz its copper, don't mean its "original".
(pic is under the bathroom sink; have similar very thin sized copper supplying the kitchen faucet, too.).
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Then...what is this? PO repair, I'd guess. just cuz its copper, don't mean its "original".
(pic is under the bathroom sink; have similar very thin sized copper supplying the kitchen faucet, too.).
There are a number of names you can use to describe that repair, most of which are not nice.

The same goes for the wire that goes thru the metal wall, that does not have a grommet around it. Depending on what that wire goes to, it could be a fire hazard.

Sorry, but you did ask.

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well..I asked what size the pipes were.

Ok, so "not original" ?

that wire: ya know what that is? its a phone wire. someone (I assume) must have been full timing in it for a while. there is an old-fashioned phone plug on the back wall of the trailer...of the sort they don't even use anymore. the wire (regular old 2-pair phone wire) was fished under the shower, up along the curbside, to the kitchen area, where there is a house style wall plate for a wall-phone.
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Then...what is this? PO repair, I'd guess. just cuz its copper, don't mean its "original".
(pic is under the bathroom sink; have similar very thin sized copper supplying the kitchen faucet, too.).
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What is your question? I am looking at 3/8 and 1/2 soft copper piping some soldered and some compression fittings. What are you questioning?
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The standard sizes Airstream used for water and/or LPG as the case may be, was 1/4", 3/8', and 1/2".

They never used 1/4" for a faucet.

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Moen faucets have 1/4 supply lines,Airstream supplies them with 1/4 pipe,remember plumbing pipe is measured on inside ,ac pipe is measured on the outside. Dave
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