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Old 03-05-2012, 10:01 PM   #16
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Wrong style shut off valve, installed up side down, I'd rip out all that old copper and replace with 3/4" pex, replace all the valves with ball valves. Replace all that wiring with romex run in PVC conduit.
No more rust ever.
Are you serious?
If you came to my house and told me to do that I would laugh at you.
The OP has a few minor problems,why make more?
All he needs to do at this point is properly fasten the piping.

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Are you serious?
If you came to my house and told me to do that I would laugh at you.
The OP has a few minor problems,why make more?
All he needs to do at this point is properly fasten the piping.
He's got galvanic action happening thats either going to turn the copper piping into a sprinkler head or rust a hole through the cable and all he has to do is fasten the pipe properly?
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:16 AM   #18
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Is it leaking now? Before OP tears his piping apart wouldn't you rather he correct the MINOR problems first then go from there? Yes he should start by securing the piping with the proper fastener(s) and yes he should separate other metals from the copper.
As for the corrosion looks can be deceiving,I have seen many cases where it was cleaned off with minimal effort with Scotch-Brite.
If it were mine there is no way it would be ripped out,at least not yet.
BTW,if I get time today I will do some before and after pictures of how easy it is to clean the funk off of copper to further inspect.

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I haven't closely inspected the pipe yet but I'll see about cleaning the corrosion off and looking for pitting. I need a plumber to install a shut off valve for the garden hose so maybe I'll have him take a look at the same time.
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:23 AM   #20
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Peter,I honestly believe that it's not that bad yet,elbow grease is free and goes a long way to fix most problems.
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Yeah, I'll try cleaning it up first. It's really not in my budget to replace the entire pipe if I can help it. We've already spent a ton of money fixing a leaking roof in three spots, replacing leaky skylights, replacing blocked drainage pipes, replacing rotted wood around the house, etc... home ownership is so much fun!
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I made progress last weekend on securing the pipe. It's now attached to two hangers screwed into the ceiling. I admit my sheetrock skills are pretty amateurish! An electrician got the power cable hidden in the ceiling and installed a GFCI outlet near the pipe. I'll plug a heater cable in there and then put insulation over the pipe. Gotta plaster too.

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Old 03-23-2012, 08:35 AM   #23
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It looks like you are making progress and doing things the right way.

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