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I soldered a 3/4 piece of copper pipe to a dimpled coupler. Installed it and noticed that its not prefectly straight in the coupler, but it does not leak.

So my question is: Is this going to fail? and should it be addressed now?

Dont ask me how this happened, I dont know.

If I have to correct it, is there a shortcut to fix this?

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Got a picture?
Near impossible to get one on crooked unless it's not all the way on.
There a line to line fit.
 
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Crooked is not seen often---like Joe said---

Usually a joint can be heated----realigned--brushed with flux and soldered without disassembly or additional cleaning------usually----well,most times---:laughing:
 

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Thanks, these couplings were the ones I got off of ebay. I did not remember that he sent me some normal ones and some with just dimples.

Was tired so I finished up and came home. Maybe we just did not straighten the 10 foot run out? Will double check it tomorrow and make a decision.

Regarding all of my solder joints, I see no leaks, but I guess time can bring those on?
 

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If the pipe is not supported near the joint, it will sag. The fitting can have excessive tolerances. As stated, if the joint was prepped and soldered correctly you should be OK-except that is crooked.
One of the most obvious places this occurs is the copper stub outs for tubs- no one likes a saggy spout :whistling2:
 
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If the pipe is not supported near the joint, it will sag. The fitting can have excessive tolerances. As stated, if the joint was prepped and soldered correctly you should be OK-except that is crooked.
One of the most obvious places this occurs is the copper stub outs for tubs- no one likes a saggy spout :whistling2:

Saggy Spout, isnt that what Viagra is for? Oh wait, wrong forum!:eek:

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Usually---if they don't leak--then they are good for ever----
True, Not to put the OP down, but it's considered a sign of sloppy craftsmanship on the part of the plumber. It happens a lot when you don't pay attention to the pipe alignment. Just stand back and look at your work before you solder :thumbsup: You can reheat heat it and apply a little side pressure till it cools
 
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True, Not to put the OP down, but it's considered a sign of sloppy craftsmanship on the part of the plumber. It happens a lot when you don't pay attention to the pipe alignment. Just stand back and look at your work before you solder :thumbsup: You can reheat heat it and apply a little side pressure till it cools
No offense taken, if I were a pro then I would be worried. Need to look at up close and not down the line so to speak. It may just be a slight mis alignment in the pipe, not a crooked conect with the coupler.

Thanks for all of the help!
 

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I would fix it. There is very little chance of misalignment in this case, and your joint is holding on by a thread. You know it, and so do we. Plus it will drive you nuts, knowing its like that.
 

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. You know it, and so do we. Plus it will drive you nuts, knowing its like that.
I worked with a guy that was a perfectionist---we piped in 5 mixing tanks with pipes and valves--pumps--all 4" victalic--a run of over 40 feet---

We missed our mark by 3/8"---it drove him nut to think his math was off---6 months later we tore off the insulation so he could find the mistake---:laughing:
 

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We flooded a basement on my first plumbing job. Everything held just fine. Came back the next morning to find out i was fired. The boss was holding a piece of 1/2 inch pipe with what he described as my finger print on the piece of pipe they had to cut out. I took the blame for that one because the other guy showed up earlier than me and said I was to blame. Another time I was fixing a leak that had frozen . I heated it up hit it with some flux sweat it. It did not draw right, I turned on the water and it held great. Came back home 4 hours later to a very fine mist in my bathroom. I had another one go but the lady pulled the strapping out with her hose on the riding lawn mover.
 

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Ever see a sprinkler head blow and flood an office because one of your crew was brazing a med gas fitting in a confined area and the torch got too close to the head? Man that water in fire lines is dirty :furious:
Or how about a hydronic reheat coil leak over night in a hospital and ruin the PC at a doctor's desk? :whistling2:
 

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I worked with a guy that was a perfectionist---we piped in 5 mixing tanks with pipes and valves--pumps--all 4" victalic--a run of over 40 feet---

We missed our mark by 3/8"---it drove him nut to think his math was off---6 months later we tore off the insulation so he could find the mistake---:laughing:
I used to work as a maintenance foreman at a nuclear power plant. Talk about Quality Control! An error like your 3/8" would've been caught by the inspector at the end of the job and would've failed it.
 
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