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What I learned today.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by kd8awe, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. Jan 25, 2011 at 4:07 PM
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    kd8awe

    kd8awe [OP] Well-Known Member

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    First off... I am NOT a plumber by trade. With that said, my house is about 55 years old. I had a drain pipe in the kitchen break. I have been in the process of re-engineering the drain pipe and switch it over from metal to PVC. All the other drains in the house have been re-plumbed to PVC.

    Anyhow in order for me to fit the 1 1/2 PVC I have to drill some new holes with a hole saw and a right angle drill. That goes better than expected. Next I need to cut an access hole in the floor (under the kitchen cabinet). This can only be done from the basement. I locate the area. It is between the hot and cold water feed lines. I need about a 4 inch square hole and I have about 6 inches of room to do this. Now the fun starts. I grab the trusty Sawz-All and get to cutting. I finish my cuts and step back to admire my work when... I hear a faint hissing sound. Then the dripping starts. You guessed it, I nicked one of the water feed lines. I look at the feed line and it looks like a scatch with just a pinhole of a hole in it. Well now I get to practest my copper pipe repair. Plumbing sucks.
     
  2. Jan 25, 2011 at 4:10 PM
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    Average JOE

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    Some times knowing how not to do something is a great tool. Good luck with the home repare.
     
  3. Jan 25, 2011 at 4:12 PM
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    jandrews

    jandrews Carolina Alliance Southwest Region Ambassador

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    Just put some saran wrap over the hole.
     
  4. Jan 25, 2011 at 4:15 PM
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    Jdaniel1274

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    Turn the water off at the valve, and solder the hole, easy fix if you can get to it.
     
  5. Jan 25, 2011 at 4:16 PM
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    jdkeller

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    Home depot sells a a DIY kit with the torch, solder, flux and what not. It's actually really easy.
     
  6. Jan 25, 2011 at 4:18 PM
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    brutalguyracing

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  7. Jan 25, 2011 at 4:19 PM
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    if you do not want or know how to use a torch...dont burn the house down
    that being said you can use a compession fitting... no soldering involed
    shut water cut pipe slip over pipe tighten nuts
     
  8. Jan 25, 2011 at 4:20 PM
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    lcogginz

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    Good luck. If it makes you feel any better my husband is a commercial plumber by trade, and he hates it too. ;)
     
  9. Jan 25, 2011 at 4:22 PM
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    kd8awe

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    I have all the tools I need....That, I think is how the problem started. LOL I am not afraid to jump in and try something. At least you learn how NOT to do something. lol I counted all my fingers before I started and I ended with the same amount. The worst thing is my girlfriend won't stop laughing !
     
  10. Jan 25, 2011 at 4:27 PM
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    ok just make sure
    1 you dont burn the house down...
    2 make sure all pipes n fittings are clean
    dont over heat it and use flux
     
  11. Jan 25, 2011 at 4:32 PM
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  12. Jan 25, 2011 at 6:10 PM
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    :cool:
     
  13. Jan 26, 2011 at 2:29 AM
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    should have used a 4" holesaw. lol
     
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