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Old 11-21-2008, 03:13 AM   #1
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I was woken up this morning by Fire Rescue at 3 AM. They got a call about a water main break. Apparently the water hose valve to my townhouse snapped off last night. They had to shut off all the water to my townhouse. Does this look like it needs to be welded or can I replace this myself?












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Old 11-21-2008, 07:45 AM   #2
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Somebody definately snapped that off for you.

You definately don't need a welder. Copper pipes are soldered, not welded. It is not a difficult operation to do, but it will involve a very specific skill set that you may not have yet...It will also involve probable removal of the fitting that remains in order to get a properly shaped piece to connect the new pipe to. It involves an inexpensive propane torch, flux, solder, cleaning brushes/emery cloth, and of course a little new pipe and fittings. It would be an easy job for a plumber, and a relatively easy job for a DIYer that knows the ins and outs of soldering.

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crap!... guess I am calling a plumber. Thanks
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heard this is a known issue due to cold weather...?
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Old 11-21-2008, 11:06 AM   #5
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Copper waterlines can indeed break when frozen. In your case, this was not temperature, but someone that was immature. The bend in the bottom of the pipe left in the silcock proves that this was vandalized. It was hit or maybe even stood on to break this way. It looks like a pretty simple job of removing the pieces of copper in the silcock and the tee and replacing them. Hopefully, a police report was filed.
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Old 11-21-2008, 11:57 AM   #6
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Yup, it was broken off by somebody. Freezing didn't do that.
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no, unfortunately i didnt file a police report. my bedroom window is right next to the pipe. we didnt hear anything at all and we were up at that time. we heard the water running in the pipes but thought it was our neighbors taking a shower (townhouse).
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Maybe it broke from the peeping Tom standing on it??
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cant peep anything from there. The window is about six feet to the side of it.
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If the damage was caused by freezing, there would only be a crack in the pipe, not broken off.
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it wouldn't hurt for you to own a propane torch, and realy there not that expensive, you can remove the broken pipe by simply reheating the joint and letting the solder go back to its liquid state, with a pair of channel locks or needle nose plyers you can pull the unwanted pieces out. Also it does look vandalized but it would be smart to buy some pipe insulation and wrap those pipes that are exposed to the elements.
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thanks all. Bought a propane torch for next time

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