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Old 06-21-2020, 11:04 PM   #1
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Kitchen pipe leak


Hello. There’s a leak coming from the pipe under my kitchen sink. It seems to be coming from connection (see pic). Should I solder it or is there another easier option to fix the leak. Thanks
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Old 06-21-2020, 11:41 PM   #2
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Re: Kitchen pipe leak


Someone had no clue what they where doing when this mess was done.
If it was mine I'd cut it where it comes out of the wall and replace all of it.
I think I'm seeing where there was no wall flange installed so time to add one, and there was no need for two valves, that could have been done with a double headed 1/4 turn stop valve.
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Old 06-21-2020, 11:54 PM   #3
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I agree with @joecaption to first remove it. I found it very difficult to unsolder old connections in my home, it is easier to cut out and start over.

But before doing anything are you sure that is where it is leaking? Small leaks can be hard to isolate because of water surface tension. I would first replace the washer in the shutoff valve to see if that fixes it. It is difficult to judge from your picture, but if this a Brasscraft shutoff, an inexpensive "Stem Repair Kit" like this one might be all you need.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/BrassCra...SR01/204845385
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I agree, before you cut it out and start over, verify exactly where it's leaking from. Maybe it is dripping down from above around the faucet gasket, condensation, or spray hose, etc.

If it is in fact leaking from the soldered connection, and you do decide to redo it, they make push on sharkbite fittings for easy connection, no need to soldering/unsoldering required. Just cut the pipe and push-on.

Google a video on how to do this correctly if you have never worked with sharkbytes. Biggest mistake people make is they don't push them on all the way and they leak or fail. Then you can update those old gate style valves for new quarter turns. Available at any big box, plumbing supply or hardware store. Just a suggestion.

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