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Old 09-12-2016, 08:13 PM   #1
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Fine leak on Tailpiece


There is an extremely fine vertical split (leak about an inch) near the dishwasher waste nib on the brass tailpiece of my very old kitchen drain pipe. Water leaks when the faucet is open at about 1 drop every 4-5 seconds. I know the best thing to do is to replace the tailpiece, however, we plan to remodel the kitchen in a about a year - so really am looking for a reliable but DIY solution to hold up for about a year. I already have plumbers putty in the house; will that work? OR is there any special solution/paint/caulk I can apply over the affected area?
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I know its not a lot of fun but you can buy a new pvc tailpiece and replace the one you have for less than $5 and 30 minutes of work. If you need to, you can also replace the trap for a few dollars more. Pvc is all i use these days since it doesnt deteriorate like metal does. The only tools you will need will be channel lock pliers and a screedriver.

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Sure - thanks.
However, I was afraid of touching anything else (as the piping is quite old), so did not want to compound the problem. If no other solutions present themselves, then I will be forced to do this.
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Old 09-12-2016, 08:33 PM   #4
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I undetstand. I am not a plumber but i own rental properties so i do lots of plumbing. I have never used it but i know that home depot sells a plumbers epoxy that might work. Ask the clerk there.

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You do not have to replace the piece, I know it is too much work for now. Just clean up and remediate all the mold infestation when you remodel and have your doctor take care of your family's permanent lung damage. I understand fixing the leak is way too much to do...
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SHR is dead correct (no pun intended)...and I can't see the issue...

but a very temporary repair in non-presurized DWV can be accomplished by cleaning the pipe on the leak and sealing up with some good duct/gorilla tape...assuming you can get a good tight wrap around the pipe/ connection.

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