Will a nicked copper pipe ever leak?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by yakman, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. yakman

    yakman New Member


    If one were to nick the hot water copper pipe with a hand saw while removing the surrounding stud, :eek: and it does not leak now, does that mean forever no leak?


  2. inspectorgene

    inspectorgene New Member

    I ain't no plumber, but I wouldn't bet on it-depending on the size of the nick, of course.

    I would [at least] put a pipe repair band on it as a precaution before sealing the wall back up.


  3. yakman

    yakman New Member

    pipe repair band? Hadn't seen one of those before. Google search found a 1/2" x 3" stainless steel band with a neoprene liner and tightening bolt attached to it. Is this what you're talking about?

    I suppose the neoprene sleeve would support the nicked wall.

    The best way to solve this is probably to cut on the nicked surface and couple right there with a soldered joint.

    Is a nicked no leak pipe stronger than a coupled soldered pipe?:confused:


  4. patch it with solder

    you can cut it if you so wish and put a sharkbite or coupling
    in the line

    One easy way is to
    drain the pipes and simply put a patch of
    solder over nick in the pipe

    you can actually repair a frozen split copper pipe
    bending it back together and soldering it shut....

    so it is no big deal to just put a thick layer of solder
    over the place you are worried about...
Similar Threads: nicked copper
Forum Title Date
Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice copper pipe nicked Sep 21, 2010
Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice Help! Just nicked CSST with a drill! Aug 10, 2008
Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice Nicked a 3" pipe with my saw Feb 20, 2007
Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice Can I reuse the same Copper flare line connected to a gas valve Thursday at 11:08 AM
Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice Solder fitting for 1/4" O.D copper tubing? Monday at 10:05 AM

Share This Page