previous
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • Deck Design & Construction
    Deck Design & Construction
  • Design Inspiration
    Design Inspiration
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • Ultimate Deck Build 2015
    Ultimate Deck Build 2015
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
    Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
  • Video: Install a Fence
    Video: Install a Fence
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • Find the Pitch of a Roof
    Find the Pitch of a Roof
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • Radiant Heat Comparison
    Radiant Heat Comparison
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Remodeling Articles
    Remodeling Articles
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
next
Pin It

Fixing Leaky Copper

How to remove and replace a failing valve or fitting

Even in the best plumbing systems, leaks happen, often over time and especially at transition areas. Certified green plumber Georg Efird outlines his process for fixing leaky copper pipes. Efird removes leaky joints in two ways: sweating off the joint, which is least invasive; and cutting out the joint, which is necessary if the joint can't be sweated off. Before a repair can be made, you must remove all water from the plumbing system. Next, ream, clean, and apply flux to the fitting. Then heat the pipe and carefully apply solder. Be sure to wipe down the pipe to remove excess flux, which is corrosive. Efird includes several tips, including advice on diverting heat to protect areas surrounding pipe, using bread to manage drips, and crimping joints to help hold unsteady work together before assembly is complete.

Fixing Leaky Copper
Plus get a free gift
Become a Fine Homebuilding Member. Start your free trial now
Next Article
Next Article: