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Old 04-17-2015, 05:07 PM   #1
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I'm trying to remove the pipe wrap off a 1/2 inch copper pipe. I was wondering can I torch it off with a propane torch. I will remove the wrap by hand then use the propane torch to get the rest of the pipe wrap off. Usually there is a small amount of glue left on the pipe. Just make sure I don't melt any solder joints. Then use a wash cloth and water to clean it off. Sandpaper it a little bit with 400 grid sandpaper. Then I could solder a cap or put a compression valve on the pipe. I could always call a plumber to do this. Plumber would probably charge about 200 dollars just to go into the crawlspace. Maybe I could save a couple hundred dollars. Any suggestions.


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Please post a picture of the fitting steve. Thanks.

Sounds like an easy fix. No need for any blow torch. Old tape and pipe dope can be easily remove with small wire brush.

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Well that makes no since.
Is this just 1/2 foam insulation? All foam insulation has a seam.
Run your finger down the seam and it slips right off.
Why does it even need to come off?
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The OP might be referring to the kind of "insulation" that consists of an inch or so wide strip of 1/4" thick self adhesive foam with a foil backing. It's meant to be wrapped around the pipe like you would wrap electrical tape around a screw driver. That stuff is complete junk and I think it actually costs MORE than the foam pipe insulation. I had the same crap in my house. Scrape it off with a razor blade or similar and use a strong solvent to get the residue off. Don't burn it off with a torch. It only makes a bigger mess and kills brain cells. Ask me how I know.
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Dad used to just build a fire in the backyard fire pit, and burn it off of the pipe.
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if you need to cap a open 1/2" copper pipe, clean down from the end about 3/4". Go to local big box hardware store and ask for a 1/2" gatorbite cap. Push it on and no torching in the crawlspace.
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I'm trying to remove the pipe wrap off a 1/2 inch copper pipe. I was wondering can I torch it off with a propane torch. I will remove the wrap by hand then use the propane torch to get the rest of the pipe wrap off. Usually there is a small amount of glue left on the pipe. Just make sure I don't melt any solder joints. Then use a wash cloth and water to clean it off. Sandpaper it a little bit with 400 grid sandpaper. Then I could solder a cap or put a compression valve on the pipe. I could always call a plumber to do this. Plumber would probably charge about 200 dollars just to go into the crawlspace. Maybe I could save a couple hundred dollars. Any suggestions.

Razor blade and alcohol to clean the solvent off.
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I'll try and get back into the crawlspace and finish this project soon. Clean the pipe off best I can. Cap it with a sharkbite or compression valve.

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I'll try and get back into the crawlspace and finish this project soon. Clean the pipe off best I can. Cap it with a sharkbite or compression valve.


if the valve ever seeps you will be fixing it again

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