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Old 07-05-2009, 09:50 PM   #1
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How hard is it to do certain things like fix/install copper pipes, and pvc pipes? I want to see if it's worth tackling a few issues myself or if I should hire someone. Basically I got some corroded copper pipes, one is even bulging a bit. I'm scared they may burst or start leaking at some point.

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1-If you're going to replace copper pipe practice on scrap pipe outside away from anything flammable
2-I've learned a lot by asking the plumber I hire if he'll mind if I watch him as he works. Like any professional, being treated with the respect they deserve goes a long way. You may want to hire a plumber to complete one section of a repipe, then do the next section yourself. I watched my plumber repipe under my house and realized experience and proper tools beat enthusiasm hands down.
3-PVC pipe (often landscaping/sprinkler) is easy to work with. ABS pipe is used for sewer/drainage and is similar to PVC as far as using primer/cement, etc.

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For a DIY standpoint, there are some good plumbing books in home, hardware stores. Very helpful.

For a carreer standpoint, an apprenticeship can take 4-5 yrs.
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it has been frozen. breid
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In this computer age, most repair procedures can be found online. You can even request pictures and videos when you search. Not saying you will be a pro the first time you do it, and practicing in an open area can gain confidence. Your swollen pipe is probably the result of being frozen. make sure you insulate this area after you replace the copper.
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Hmm so think it may of froze? I'll have to post pics so you can all see for sure, but if that's the case then I'll have to monitor that area in the winter (crawlspace). maybe it gets too cold down there. Though could be it's damage from a past incident like maybe their furnace broke down at one point.

And yeah guess if I can get a plumber to do some work and even show me it may help. Someone will in fact be doing plumbing so if I can manage to be there when he gets to those parts it would be great.
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If you're a quick study and dont mind getting dirty then anything can be learned. Alot of good advice already given. If you're not comfortable with soldering in tighter places there are other alternatives though I prefer solder.

Not saying I'd be able to give you a set of prints, point you to an open field and tell you to put in the underground for an office building, but you can certainly learn enough to maintain/improve your property.

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Thanks for the tips.

Also is PEX easier to work with? I read up on it briefly and it looks interesting.

Think what I may do is use some scrap piping to practice on first. Actually found some, and as it's been sitter down there so long I would not really want to have potable water going through there so may as well use it for practice.

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