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So while putting up drywall this weekend my buddy put a drywall screw right through the main copper water line. :furious: Luckily I had one of those clamp style patches to hold it for now and I had a plumber come look at it on monday. $150 to fix it. :huh::jester::eek: Man, I know plumbers have it made in massachusetts but seriously, what is this a 10 minute job at that? I respect what they do but every bone in my body says that's just ridiculous so I'm going to patch it myself.

I was at lowes and they tried to convince me to use a pressure fitting but I've heard great things about the sharkbites so I think I'm going to go that route. The part is around $6 but there are no instructions and I can't find anything online about how much pipe to remove in order to fit the fitting between the ends. Any though on this?
 

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If Your pipe is connected at both ends (and I assume it is) you will play hell trying to get that Sharkbite installed (no way to move the pipe. I would cut the pipe at the screw hole, clean & flux, install a repair coupling and solder it. A repair coupling has no stop in the center so you can slide it fully over the end of a pipe. May not find at a big box but any plumbing house will have them.
 

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I had to repair a repair, of a similarly punctured 5/8" water line that had been soldered a few years back and was leaking. I used the sharkbite slip union and a regular sharkbite union with a section of copper pipe. The slip is somewhere around 2-1/2" to 3". It's able to be used on copper tubing as there is no way to get a stiffener into PEX.
 
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