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Old 12-05-2008, 10:43 AM   #1
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What are the odds of this leaking.


I was working under the house last week and accidently dropped some equipment on this 1/2 copper water pipe. Should I put this on the top of my "to do" list? Can I just leave it?
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Old 12-05-2008, 11:01 AM   #2
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Copper is pretty malleable, so I wouldn't panic. However, there's a good chance that it damaged it enough that it could force a leak at the crimped point. I'd suggest replacing it in the near future just to be safe.

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Old 12-05-2008, 12:52 PM   #3
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I would not bury it in a wall, but it should not be an immediate problem. One thing you do not want to do is try to straighten it out. This would probably cause it to crack and start leaking.
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Replace it...it's the right thing to do...
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Old 12-05-2008, 07:25 PM   #5
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I'd agree with The KCTermite and Majakdragon on this one.

Copper is one of the most formable metals, which makes it ideal for drawing into wire and making into pipes. You can also bend copper piping with an electrician's conduit bending tool.

In my view, if it's not leaking now, it can last forever like that.

The quick bending of the pipe wouldn't have put any cracks in it. That's explained on this web page:

http://www.launc.tased.edu.au/online...e/BondTyp4.htm

You don't want to bend that pipe back to straighten it because it's been "work hardened" at that bend. If you try to straighten it out by bending it back, the work harded area will be stronger than the rest of the pipe, and it will bend backward in a different spot.

Ideally, it would be best to have a straight pipe. But if that bent pipe isn't leaking now, and no one messes with it, it won't leak in future either.

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Thanks for the feedback everyone. I suspected it would never leak but just so I'll never have to think about it again, I'll probably spice in some new pipe.
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i gotta go with rippyskippy on this one, it's easily accessable right now and involves a coupler and a 5 minute fix. i'd repair it.
sure, it MAY never leak, but if it's fixed, YOU know it's safe.

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