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gone_fishing 01-29-2008 08:10 PM

Leak in elbow...how do I fix?
 
well, I redid all of the plumbing today in my laundry room. When I turned on the cold water the 90 degree elbow that drops from the ceiling leaked pretty good. How do I fix this?

Mike Swearingen 01-30-2008 07:25 AM

Take it apart and replace it.
Mike

almostdone 01-30-2008 10:31 AM

I'm not sure what you mean by redid "all" the plumbing because that would mean you redid the water pipes also and that means you should know how to fix it. If not then compression fittings or shark bite fittings would be best for you. I'm asuming its copper?

gone_fishing 01-30-2008 11:30 AM

I cut out the hot and cold supply to the room. Installed shut offs then rerouted all of the pipes. Good news is that this is the only leak that I noticed. Had plumbers in today to run my gas line. They both said to simply heat it up...put some flux in there and finish up the solder job. Will try that tonight and see how it holds up.

perpetual98 01-30-2008 01:30 PM

You obviously don't watch enough TV. LOL

http://www.mightyputty.com

gone_fishing 01-30-2008 01:36 PM

Haha!!! My Mother in law just bought that...she also bought the thing you put on the bottoms of your feet to draw out toxins. I was rolling on the ground laughing at her.

Marlin 01-30-2008 07:24 PM

The plumbers are right. Drain down the water, clean the area with sand cloth,, flux around the fitting and kind of jab the brush into the fitting to try and force flux into the leaky passage. Now heat the fitting, you may have to get it hotter than you normally would to solder (you probably need Mapp or acetylene here). Apply solder as your normally would until you can see the leaky part is filled with solder. Now wipe your fitting.
This is a learned process, some fittings can be very stubborn. If after a couple attempts at fixing it you are unsuccessful you might want to just replace the fitting.

Also if you didn't wipe your joints this is going to be more difficult.

gone_fishing 01-30-2008 09:12 PM

Marlin...I sanded it and that worked...all clear now.

perpetual98 01-30-2008 09:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gone_fishing (Post 93525)
Haha!!! My Mother in law just bought that...she also bought the thing you put on the bottoms of your feet to draw out toxins. I was rolling on the ground laughing at her.

Let me know how those foot things work. The commercial was disgusting!


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