Hole in Copper Pipe

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by wackysue, Aug 25, 2007.

  1. wackysue

    wackysue New Member

    Jan 3, 2007

    Help! I was installing a ceiling vent cover and accidentally drilled a hole in my copper plumbing. I don't enjoy plumbing so is there an easy fix?
  2. Mike Swearingen

    Mike Swearingen New Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Independent Real Estate Broker
    On Albemarle Sound In Northeastern NC
    The only proper way to repair a copper water supply line enclosed in a ceiling or wall like this is to cut it at the drilled hole and solder in a new copper coupling.
    Good Luck!
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  4. got_nailed

    got_nailed DIY Senior Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    Mike your right but…
    If you do get a $10.00 bandage on there it’ll be a $5,000 + in a few months to a year. I do know that if insurance sees that it was not fixed right they might not pay for the damages.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    And what is not right about installing a coupling? And if it is installed properly how will it cause $5,000.00 damages later?
  6. cwhyu2

    cwhyu2 Consultant

    Aug 11, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    I cut out sections of copper tubing used slip couplings,done properly should
    be no problems.
  7. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    Repairing this with a slip coupling certainly is not a "band aid" repair. It's no different than when you are plumbing and have to add a new length of pipe.
  8. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Soldering in a slip coupling (basically, a butt sleeve joint without a stop in the middle) is the cheapest way to fix this. If you don't want to solder, there is a Sharkbite slip coupling that may work if you have enough room - it's larger in diameter and longer - it will fill a much larger gap of a section of pipe and the seals at each end are larger in diameter. http://www.cashacme.com/pdf_sharkbite/sales/SB%20Fitting%20Sales_4_07.pdf

    FYI, they now have prv's and other things with Sharkbite fittings to ease installation. They also have a line of PEX both with and without an oxygen barrier. I didn't realize they'd expanded the line so much. http://www.cashacme.com/sharkbite.php
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