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J187 07-30-2006 08:07 AM

Of course something else had to go wrong - leaking pipe.
About to put back my vanity, its been so long since I had removed it, I had forgotten about the bucket that was in it full of water when I took it out. Upon investigation, I discovered where the leak was coming from. The cold water supply, the 5/8 copper pipe that sticks about 1 inch out of the tile wall, just before where the shutoff valve compression nut would go, is bent. Its a little chopped up, but also a little squared - as if someone had used plyers on it. I remember the compression sleeve came off that side much easier than the other, so I'm thinking maybe someone bent the pipe to get the sleeve off? At any rate, what I'm trying to figure out is, am I going to have to remove a bunch of tiles here to try an access enough of the pipe that I can cut it back and replace a part of it?

Ron The Plumber 07-30-2006 08:15 AM

Maybe, maybe not, I can't see it from here, if you was to cut off the shutoff valve just on the back side of the compression nut, you will need a min 1/2" left out the wall, do you think you would be able to solder on a copper male adapt? If so then you could use a FIP shutoff vavle in it's place.

J187 07-30-2006 02:17 PM

Ok, I took a better look. No way I'm able to sweat anything onto this pipe. I am gonna have to chisel away some tile. Not a huge deal, the wall will be well hidden by the vanity anyway. Is there any particular way I should seal this up when I'm done? Thanks.

Ron The Plumber 07-30-2006 02:20 PM


J187 07-30-2006 04:02 PM

it'll be like a 4" x 4" area or so..

Ron The Plumber 07-30-2006 04:04 PM

Use what eever it takes, drafts and bugs is what your trying to keep out.

J187 07-30-2006 05:50 PM

ok, cool. thanks. Update - By knocking out just 2 3x3 tiles, I was able to sweat in a coupling and a nice new piece of copper pipe. Luckily I have a nice little tight-space pipe cutter which I had to tie a string around in case I dropped it in the wall :D. Anyway, I am going to test it with some nice shiny new shutoff valves. Thanks for the help, I think all is well now.

Ron The Plumber 07-30-2006 07:56 PM

Good job

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