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Old 05-28-2008, 09:04 PM   #15
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Funny, Mark.
Do those pipes have specific right/left handed wrenches as well?
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Old 05-29-2008, 12:09 AM   #16
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Vhord, That was very clear and helpful. I think my pipes expanded from freezing which means my project just got a lot more difficult. I think I was happier when I thought the pipe was an odd size.

Easyride, I like copper mostly because I enjoy scorching everything within a 1ft radius of my joints with the torch.

Markdoane, funny. My wife wants to know why I'm laughing...
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Old 05-29-2008, 01:59 AM   #17
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I didn't mean to be confusing .I'm just frustrated trying to replace the plumbing in the Globetrotter.Some of it is plumbers copper ,some is refrigeration copper and all of it was frozen at least once
I don't have the benefit of going to HD its 30 miles away and doesn't always have the fittings to go from plumbers to refrigeration. I have to go to a plumbers supply house and ask for the coreect product otherwise they tell me they have no idea what I'm looking for .
This thread shows I'm not the only guy who is confused
When I finally get it done that will be a "home run". Thanks!
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Old 05-29-2008, 07:53 AM   #18
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Thanks for all the great answers everyone!

I have one place where there is a very tiny leak and I want to repair it for just the summer. It's copper pipe and it's in a "t"

I plan on taking all of the cabinetry etc....out of the coach this fall to begin my floor replacement and will replace all the plumbing with PEX at that time.

I have learned a lot by reading all of your responses.....thanks again
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I have one place where there is a very tiny leak and I want to repair it for just the summer. It's copper pipe and it's in a "t".
Steve,

I am not a big fan of using temporary fixes but you might get by for the summer by using one of the self adhesive fiberglass reinforced patches. Starco Chemical makes one that they call Peel-N-Patch. I used it to patch a couple of holes in my bathroom counter but they are actually made for patching leaks in pipes.

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Thanks Vernon!

That may be just what I need to do

I only want to use this existing plumbing for the summer and then it's all going to be ripped out.
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The service manual for my '73 indicates 2 or 3 different pipe sizes. If the same applies to your then the answer might not be one size. Can you cut off a small section and take that into the store to match up? You may need to have more than one sample if the size changes throughout.
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If the leak is on the tee itself you should be able to unsweat it and replace the tee,use shop vac or air pressure to clear water from lines.Sheet rock with the paper taken off one side makes a good heat shield ,so you don`t scorch everything within 1 ft. Dave
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The service manual for my '73 indicates 2 or 3 different pipe sizes. If the same applies to your then the answer might not be one size. Can you cut off a small section and take that into the store to match up? You may need to have more than one sample if the size changes throughout.
I've already done that .Thats where I came up with "no size". 1/2 fitting s were too big 3/8" too small. I also have a few overflows and drains that are 1/4 id .oh oh here we go again ! Is that 3/8 or 1/4".lol
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If the leak is on the tee itself you should be able to unsweat it and replace the tee,use shop vac or air pressure to clear water from lines.Sheet rock with the paper taken off one side makes a good heat shield ,so you don`t scorch everything within 1 ft. Dave
I asked my pumber friend about an asbestos pad he laughed . He uses a ceramic tile so he doesn't scorch everything.
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I used to have an asbestos shingle as heat shield,that was until I got caught by inspector on job,had to take to haz mat site and bring him back receipt.Ceramic tile can pop sometimes. IF you have plumber friend,get him over there to fix those leaks,sometimes I charge in 6 packs,cause that is where the money would go anyhow.
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Your pipes may have expanded as mine did so now nothing seems to match in size. So what this thread has taught me is that my pipe repair project has become an entire pipe replace job cause I don't want to rely on swollen pipe. Dang, I hate it when that happens.

I have scrap aluminium sheeting that I use a heat shield. It bends to fit whatever and I can bend corners down to create a airspace insulator when needed. I'm good at sweating, just not good at sweating pipe.
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Friendly plumber or plumber friend

I have been waiting for him but something always comes up .He about 100 miles away .Not exactly around the corner .
I've done all my research I'm starting this weekend .I'm sure I'll plod through.Scoorch tile or two
,crack a few tiles and have to sweat some joints more than once but in the end I'll have a functioning leak free system. That most importantly looks good and not the Rube Goldberg set up I have now
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I've already done that .Thats where I came up with "no size". 1/2 fitting s were too big 3/8" too small. I also have a few overflows and drains that are 1/4 id .oh oh here we go again ! Is that 3/8 or 1/4".lol
My good friend Tom, I am going to be blunt. Rip it out and re do ALL of it. Use pex pipe and shark bite fittings. Worth the knowing it is all new and it all works right. You will just need to work a little extra wood to pay for it.

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