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 copper pipe pin hole leak temp fix
Author: sum (FL)

I don't have a leak but have seen various threads on copper pipe leaks, so I thought I would ask all the experts here, supposed one does have a pin hole leak, it's 2 in the morning, supply stores are closed, you don't have all the parts and tools to do a permanent fix, what is the best one can do with what may be readily available in a typical home owner's garage? No mighty putty, no magic wrap etc...

What would be worth trying?

I am thinking, if I were in that situation, as a DIYer I might wrap the pipe a few wraps of duct tape, then a hose clamp over it.

What would be your option?



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 Re: copper pipe pin hole leak temp fix
Author: Wheelchair (IL)

That would be as good as anything else mentioned. Much depends on what is in your toolbox and what is in your wallet.

The location of the pinhole on such copper pipe (backside/frontside) vs where the copper tube meets the concrete wall vs a elbow that is flushed to a wall, would merit further discussion and relief.

Best Wishes

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 Re: copper pipe pin hole leak temp fix
Author: Paul48 (CT)

Pinhole........Two a.m.............Remove source of pressure, direct water into something to catch it........see ya in the morning.

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 Re: copper pipe pin hole leak temp fix
Author: Plumbum

Hmmm
Take call
Hold bucket until apprentice gets to work after all night partying and brings coupling
Charge double time
;-D
jk

You know sum - you run into or just think of so many things that may go awry...

I think we should rename the law

Out goes Murphy

It is now "sum's law"!!!

Keep 'em coming. It is all great brain excercise!

Bum

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 Re: copper pipe pin hole leak temp fix
Author: LemonPlumber (FL)

Shut off and relieve the pressure when not in use.direct the leak to a drain or bucket until a qualified plumber can make a real repair.Do most homes have electrical tape?If you have room to apply several tight wraps it does slow the flow.More often than not the real problem is locating the leak.

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 Re: copper pipe pin hole leak temp fix
Author: packy (MA)

a piece of rubber and a hose clamp works best..

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 Re: copper pipe pin hole leak temp fix
Author: hj (AZ)

At 2:00 A.M., the best repair is to shut off the water system and go back to bed until morning.

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 Re: copper pipe pin hole leak temp fix
Author: RWP (SD)

Tape will not stop a water pressure leak ever.

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Retired after 50 years of plumbing and heating.

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 Re: copper pipe pin hole leak temp fix
Author: Nayman's Drain Services (Non-US)

unroll a condom, wrap it around the leak, then wrap electrical tape around it.

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 Re: copper pipe pin hole leak temp fix
Author: jimmy-o (CA)

I have actually used the "magic tape" sold by Billy Mays, and also in HD. It can work. It doesn't hold up long term, but short term, you could do worse!

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 Re: copper pipe pin hole leak temp fix
Author: Paul48 (CT)

Ummmm........If my wife finds condoms around the house,I have a bigger problem than the leak!

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 Re: copper pipe pin hole leak temp fix
Author: chadschloss78 (MI)

LOL :) Funny, but true :)

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 Re: copper pipe pin hole leak temp fix
Author: Nayman's Drain Services (Non-US)

that's why you keep them in your tool box

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 Re: copper pipe pin hole leak temp fix
Author: hj (AZ)

I suppose they should be Latex condoms.

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 Re: copper pipe pin hole leak temp fix
Author: hj (AZ)

A septic tank pumper told me that when he opened a septic's lid to pump it, he found the whole surface was covered with condoms. When he showed it to the husband and told him they should not be flushed down the toilet, he said that HE NEVER used them because he had had a vasectomy years earlier.

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 Re: copper pipe pin hole leak temp fix
Author: Nayman's Drain Services (Non-US)

Yes, they have to be Latex.
Strongest rubber known to man.
I used to fix air-line leaks on semi's with them.
Even at 125psi, a 100,000 mile fix.

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 Re: copper pipe pin hole leak temp fix
Author: LemonPlumber (FL)

What is the best you can do with whats available home owner garage?Not sure if he see's the variation of an american garage.

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