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southernmom 11-11-2010 09:36 AM

How hard is it to move
 
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We need to move the shower water supply lines. How hard it is to move these. They come down from the 2nd floor so all the plumbing for the down stairs bath is between the 2 floors. I know I will have to tear out the ceiling to move them which is not a problem since we are putting a bigger shower in. I have attached a picture also.

md2lgyk 11-11-2010 11:13 AM

Working with copper pipe isn't that difficult. But you do need to know how to solder.

southernmom 11-11-2010 02:11 PM

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Originally Posted by md2lgyk (Post 532536)
Working with copper pipe isn't that difficult. But you do need to know how to solder.


I do not know how to solder. I guess to play it safe I will hire my step daughters step dad to come do it for me. I know that sounds funny, but we are all really good friends. He has his own remodeling and plumbing business.

Jim F 11-11-2010 06:13 PM

He would probably be willing to teach you to sweat copper pipes as he is doing these. It really isn't that difficult but can be daunting to a first timer. Home Depot also has Saturday workshops that deal with this.

rudolph58 11-12-2010 08:21 PM

Use shark bite fittings and forget the soldering !

southernmom 11-12-2010 09:27 PM

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Originally Posted by rudolph58 (Post 533311)
Use shark bite fittings and forget the soldering !

What are shark bite fittings and how do they work v. soldering. Is it better.

Jim F 11-12-2010 09:38 PM

They are a push-on type fitting. It depends on who you ask as to the quality. They are quite a bit more expensive than copper fittings. I have used them in places that are hard to reach with a torch but plan to leave access below the ones I have in case they fail. I think most of the skepticism stems from the fact that they are not as tried and true as copper. Sweating copper pipes is a skill that all DIY'ers should try to learn IMO. The push-ons should be a last resort rather than a first. Home Depot carries the Shark Bite fittings, Lowes carries a version made by Watts.

Jim F 11-12-2010 09:40 PM

As I look at your posted picture, It looks like you have push-on plugs on the ends of those pipes now.

southernmom 11-12-2010 10:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Jim F (Post 533350)
As I look at your posted picture, It looks like you have push-on plugs on the ends of those pipes now.


When the plumbing company came out to see what went wrong when after they fixed it the shower handles the first time whey cut the pipes and put the caps on and left with my shower head and handles. I don't know why they took them but oh well. Because of them I am having to take everything to the studs, move the wall where this plumbing is and change a few things around. Never again will I do business with that plumbing company again


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