Will a nicked copper pipe ever leak?

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  1. yakman

    yakman New Member

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    Hello,

    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?

    Thanks,

    Doug
  2. inspectorgene

    inspectorgene New Member

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    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.

    YMMV



  3. yakman

    yakman New Member

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    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:

    Thanks,

    Doug
  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...
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