emergengy plumbing advice


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henny

Could someone help me , tonight if poss?
I was hammering loose floorboards in the bathroom and , yes you guessed it
,
hammered into a water pipe.
I`ve just got downstairs from finding the leak and I have located it under
the boards( a nail straight through the pipe!)
What now? Will the pipe need sawing through at the hole ?
If so, when I go to the diy shop tommorow what do I ask for to join the
pipe again . Is it an easy repair for a beginner or will I need help?
Thanks to anyone who can reply!
 
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Chris

I did this a few weeks ago :-(

screw in a large srew to stop the leak.

I cut out a 1 ft length and fitted a new piece in with 2 ready soldered
straight joining sheaths (about 50p each). It was simple.

Don't saw the pipe, you can but a pipe cutter which does it more neatly for
less than a fiver.

simple repair I think . Took me less than an hour. If you already have a
blowtorch then the cost is negligable.

This is what I mean by sheath - available at any DIY store:
http://www.screwfix.com/app/sfd/cat/pro.jsp?ts=87592&id=76629

C

PS - I guess that there is no need to put in the 1 ft extension. Just clip
out enough to get the little soldered sheath over and turn on the blowtorch.
I put the nail through over a joist so had no choice (couldn't cut the
pipe).


Good luck.
 
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henny

PS - I guess that there is no need to put in the 1 ft extension. Just
clip
out enough to get the little soldered sheath over and turn on the blowtorch.
I put the nail through over a joist so had no choice (couldn't cut the
pipe).
Thanks for that. I put the nail through over a joist too!
I don`t have any soldering gear , can I do it without?
 
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BigWallop

henny said:
Could someone help me , tonight if poss?
I was hammering loose floorboards in the bathroom and , yes you guessed it
,
hammered into a water pipe.
I`ve just got downstairs from finding the leak and I have located it under
the boards( a nail straight through the pipe!)
What now? Will the pipe need sawing through at the hole ?
If so, when I go to the diy shop tommorow what do I ask for to join the
pipe again . Is it an easy repair for a beginner or will I need help?
Thanks to anyone who can reply!
If you can get the section of pipe away from any obstructions so you can run
a pipe cutter around it, then you can take the small piece of pipe out that
is burst and fit a new compression fitting over it.

Tools you'll need are:

Small pipe cutter
Two adjustable spanners or equivalent to suit the fitting
Any other tools that are required to get the pipe away from any
obstructions.

Where the hole is, place the pipe cutter close up to one side of it and
start your cut by twisting the pipe cutter around the pipe and slowly
tightening the cutter as you do each full turn. Once you've done that cut,
move to the other side of the hole, keeping as close to it as possible, and
use the cutter again to remove just the small piece of pipe that has the
hole in it.

Take a compression fitting that fits the size of pipe you have (commonly
15mm or 22mm diameter) and place it one end of the pipe that you've cut and
make it sound (tighten it up properly) using the two spanners (?). Now you
can put the other end of the pipe in the fitting and do the same with that.
Make sure the pipe is fully inserted into the fitting as you go, because
this is what makes a good compression joint. The fitting has stop points
inside it, so you'll know when the pipe is properly inside before you start
to tighten it up.

You may have to pull one end slightly to take up any short fall from the
section of pipe you cut away, but you should have plenty of movement on the
pipework to do this.

A compression fitting has rings inside it (commonly called olives) which,
when tightened around pipe, actually grip it so tight that water can't get
passed it. Tighten the fitting up until it gets a good grip but don't over
tighten by standing on the spanners or getting someone else to hold one
spanner while you tighten the other. Just take the fitting tight enough to
stop any leaks and no more.

Good luck with it.


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tomm

By the way.... will I be able to get away with a hacksaw on the pipe
followed by a bit of filing, or do I need the pipecutter??
Not being tightfisted but our local diy store may not have them ( I live in
a little village)
 
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BigWallop

tomm said:
By the way.... will I be able to get away with a hacksaw on the pipe
followed by a bit of filing, or do I need the pipecutter??
Not being tightfisted but our local diy store may not have them ( I live in
a little village)
It's Sunday so you could ask the local plumber if you can borrow his. :))

The hacksaw is OK as long as you take your time and get as close to either
side of the hole as possible. Make sure the pipe is held tightly before
making the cuts as any wobble means the cut gets really rough around the
edges. After you make the cuts take a small knife around the inside and
outside of the pipe to remove the burring and fit your compression nut and
olive over the pipe as normal. The compression fitting isn't really
bothered about small amount of burring at the very end of the pipe.


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