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Old 01-14-2012, 08:05 AM   #16
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Leave the copper alone unless the house is on well water then consider replacement.

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Old 01-14-2012, 07:52 PM   #17
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Cut a hot water line and inspect it----In some parts of the world that pipe will be perfectly fine--

If it shows signs of clogging or deterioration--rip it out.

It all depends on the condition. Check it---
I think that is the best advice.

I would look at two spots....one that sees high flow and another that sees little use.

Item of note....I learned something from a plumber once....he said that a majority of pin hole leaks he found were at sweated connections...and a common issue was the inside pipe was not debured.

When I replaced the POS globe valve on the input line of my house, I noticed what looked like a lot of wear around the joint...and it had rough edges. I installed a ball valve....and talk about a difference in noise. Before, you could tell if any water was running in the back yard by the noise in the kitchen. Now, we don't hear anything.

Debur all those connections.
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Thanks to everyone for their advice - 3 different bids by 3 different plumbers (plumbing companies) - and the only thing they all agreed on was to replace ALL of the copper. Once the walls and floors were opened up, the copper had already been spliced at alot of different places. There were also pvc drain pipes installed in other areas,quite a few places that had been leaking (past or present) and on and on. The upside is that I have "hundreds" of feet of copper pipe in all sizes, as well as all brass fittings! I'm hoping that I can cover the cost of the job by selling the copper!
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Thanks to everyone for their advice - 3 different bids by 3 different plumbers (plumbing companies) - and the only thing they all agreed on was to replace ALL of the copper. Once the walls and floors were opened up, the copper had already been spliced at alot of different places. There were also pvc drain pipes installed in other areas,quite a few places that had been leaking (past or present) and on and on. The upside is that I have "hundreds" of feet of copper pipe in all sizes, as well as all brass fittings! I'm hoping that I can cover the cost of the job by selling the copper!
You'll be surprised at how much money you get. Thanks for the update
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Make sure you separate the types of metals. Remove as much contamination as possible, it will increase money you get for copper and brass. Mapp gas torch from any big box and a good set if wrenches.

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