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Old 06-06-2009, 07:03 PM   #1
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Have installed three sinks and drain lines - always a problem with leaks. Installed a full house water filter 6 months ago, and am currently adding a water softener. Problem: City shut off valve still allows a trickle of water into pipes, and water still trickles down from the house. It's next to impossible to have both halves of PVC connection dry for primer & PVC cement. Used Wet-or-dry cement last time, and connection lasted about an hour before flooding my garage for the umpteenth time. Suggestions? Hints?

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Old 06-06-2009, 10:39 PM   #2
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I have never done this but ive been told you can stuff some white bread down the pipe to stop the water long enough to solder or glue the joint , then unscrew the faucet screen and run the water it will then push the bread out of the faucet, makes sense .

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Old 06-06-2009, 11:44 PM   #3
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Oldrivers is correct, the white bread trick is something my dad taught me years ago, and I've used it a time or two. It can buy you a few moments.

Alternatively, add your own shut-off valve somewhere between the city valve and your house, or you may be able to add a faucet someplace low, where it will drain your pipes below the level where you're working.
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Old 06-07-2009, 07:28 AM   #4
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Lookout, good point, add a new shut-off valve, All those trees were in the way, I couldn't see the forest.
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Old 06-07-2009, 06:10 PM   #5
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use bread to stop leak in water lines and use transition glue for drains
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