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adamray 02-18-2008 09:37 PM

Need assistance with soldering!?!
A good buddy of mine helped me move my washer and dryer into the garage. But his soldering job wasn't that great since I have a small leak. (A drip every 2 seconds)

My question is, do I have to break the solder job, clean it up and re-do it, or can I just re-solder it???

I don't know much about plumbing, but I have seen some family and friends solder before and it doesn't look too difficult. I just want to make sure I do the job properly!

Thank you for your time!

Ron The Plumber 02-18-2008 09:44 PM

You will have to redo the joint,

adamray 02-18-2008 09:58 PM

Why do you have to say that, lol... just kidding! Yeah I figured I would have to redo it, I just wanted to get a second opinion. Thank you

redline 02-19-2008 07:29 AM

Clean the connections, flux, heat the joint and hit it with solder.

remodeling joe 02-19-2008 11:30 AM

one common mistake... leave a faucet open for venting while you soldier so air can escape thru the faucet and not your joint and leave a leak.

Marlin 02-19-2008 04:11 PM


Originally Posted by redline (Post 99298)
Clean the connections, flux, heat the joint and hit it with solder.

With no soldering experiance I'd recommend re-doing the joint. Once you have a pretty good feel for it you can fix leaks like that. It's also always better to take the joint apart because unless you do it you may just seal around the outside of the joint and wind up with a leak a few years down the road.

24hourapartments 02-19-2008 07:49 PM

Re-do. Make sure pipe is completely dry--completely. ...use pleny of flux.

If you are trying to dry quickly, plug pipe with white bread(do not use the brown part around the outside, only white), and do not use wheat bread, for the wheat will plug your line--white bread will dissolve.


biggles 02-19-2008 10:12 PM

if its on an elbow vent the water out of the line take a piece of steel wool and clean up both ends of the leaking fitting.flux around both exsisting joints...wipe unrolled solder with steel wool and dip it into the flux.your ready to solder!!!!!with solder in hand and the torch lit:furious: ....flash the flame over the flux on the solder rolled out so it melts down the piece(that preps that new solder)take the torch and point it onto the elbow bend... just bearly hittting it...know watch the exsisting solder melt go 360 degees around each joint and pull the torch away...your done!:thumbup: in the future always redo both joints that close together just to make it solid...the biggest thing with soft soldering you have to be clean on all items involved and the water has to be out of the line,if not you will be just heating water in the line and the solder will never take and spit steam out.

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