10:40AM | 11/03/02
Member Since: 10/23/02
14 lifetime posts
I did some soldering to rerun a few water lines about a week and a half ago. It had worked okay but today at 3am it sprung a leak. I had to cut off a section of the pipe to redo it and I noticed that the solder was not covering the entire joint as it before. I swear I'm not imagining things but I think I've gone paranoid. I re-examined all the joints I had soldered and they seem to be holding up okay. Is there anything I can do to ensure that all the joints are water tight? Many thanks in advance.


12:17PM | 11/03/02
Member Since: 06/03/01
324 lifetime posts
Clean the pipes very well at all connections - both male & female connections. Use a good flux on both connectors. Apply heat to connectors on one side and apply (leadless) solider to opposite side until it runs freely into the connections. It should run around the connections completely. Be sure there is no water in pipes when doing this.

Jim D

12:47AM | 11/04/02
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
Hi, I'd recently tried to do a similar plumbing repair for my mother-in-law. I was using the typical handyman special - propane torch and leadless solder kit from Home Depot. Try as I might, I couldn't get the solder to totally seal the joint.

I found out later from one of her neighbors (retired plumber) about the MEPP (?) gas cylinders. They look like the normal propane torch cylinders but are yellow in color. They burn hotter than propane and will heat the joints hot enough for the solder to work well.

As the other post said, you also need to be sure the joints are clean and dry...use a file or sandpaper to help remove any old solder that won't come off. Once the pieces making the joint easily fit together, use flux generously and apply the MEPP torch. I hope this provides some help - regards!

Jim D/Heathsville, VA


05:52PM | 11/05/02
Member Since: 10/23/02
14 lifetime posts
Thanks for all the advice. It's been working fine since I resoldered it on Sunday. But I'm still a little paranoid. I guess I'll wait till Sunday before I start putting the floor and the drywall back on. Thanks again.


05:51PM | 11/16/02
Member Since: 11/15/02
2 lifetime posts
Believe it or not , when soldering and some water prevents you from completing the solder, put some bread in the pipe. This is the best trick I have ever come across for repairing!!!
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