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Old 12-08-2018, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I wouldn't have known about this but I decided after wavering to put out some Christmas decorations that had been stored in a lawn & leaf bag w/a bag over the top and found the top wet!!! Not a lot of water or maybe not a long-term leak (although one snowman is destined for trash).

The copper pipe above has a tiny bead of water (the house was built in the 50's) - I tried this epoxy putty stuff I had - nada. Tried it again later after kneading it better. Looks like I need to have a plumber come and replace a tiny section? - December is already pretty expensive. Any thoughts?
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Old 12-08-2018, 07:28 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Small piece of rubber and a hose clamp. Until the whole section can be replaced as copper that old may develop more leaks.
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Old 12-08-2018, 07:46 PM
 
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If there is one, there will likely be others. Prepare yourself for a possible major expense. Short term, if you have a water softener, don't use it. If your electric ground is through your plumbing, get a proper ground rod and remove the ground clamp on the piping.

Reed is right on that temporary patch.
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Old 12-08-2018, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Berkeley Neighborhood, Denver, CO USA
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Until the whole section can be replaced as copper that old may develop more leaks.
You mean, until all the copper in the house can be replaced.
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Old 12-08-2018, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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Sharkbite fitting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qstKtmBvhDg

You can also do something similar with a compression fitting: https://www.homedepot.com/p/BrassCra...-300293415-_-N
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Old 12-08-2018, 08:12 PM
 
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Any thoughts?
yes, 3.

1. this is your first clue (warning).
2. hose clamp OR silicone tape for a temporary fix.
3. is it a cold or hot water pipe?
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Old 12-08-2018, 08:25 PM
 
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get a proper ground rod and remove the ground clamp on the piping..

Harry, I tried that once and it did nothing to eliminate current flowing on the water pipes. Tracing why I found a few other grounding paths that you can not eliminate.


(1) Heating boiler has a bare grounding conductor that terminates on the same ground bar as the water main ground and has a copper pipe to the water service.



(2) Water heater has a bare grounding conductor that terminates on the same ground bar as the water main ground and has a copper pipe to the water service.


(3) Dishwasher has a bare grounding conductor that terminates on the same ground bar as the water main ground and has a copper pipe to the water service.


(4) Well Pump has a bare grounding conductor that terminates on the same ground bar as the water main ground and has a copper pipe to the water service.


Even more disturbing is Gas dryer has a bare grounding conductor that terminates on the same ground bar as the water main ground and has a Gas pipe that is bonded to copper pipe to the water service.


You really cannot do anything about objectionable current flowing on water piping and trying may cause other hazards if you create a condition where the water line and appliances are at different potentials creating a shock hazard
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Old 12-08-2018, 09:04 PM
 
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Sharkbite fitting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qstKtmBvhDg

You can also do something similar with a compression fitting: https://www.homedepot.com/p/BrassCra...-300293415-_-N
^^^This! About $8 for a temporary fix.

Sharkbite
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Old 12-08-2018, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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^^^This! About $8 for a temporary fix.


Keyword- "temporary". I never would/have trusted these things for a permanent repair!
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Old 12-08-2018, 09:43 PM
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Been using sharkbites for years with zero issues.
Great for temp or permanent repair.
They also make a ready made clamp with a rubber patch that you slip over the pipe and tighten down.
They work very well too. I had been old school mentality as well until I started us in this stuff.
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