Re: copper pipe leak
Posted by hj on February 08, 1999 at 09:11:10:
In response to Re: copper pipe leak
Use an air compressor to blow the water out of the pipe. Apply the flux when the joint is hot, and then the solder. Once water penetrates a solder joint, it usually contaminates the surfaces so that the new solder will not flow properly regardless of how much flux you apply. When that happens, starting over is the only solution.

: I have a small leak on the top of a newly installed copper pipe joints. I am looking for a trick, so that I
: will not have to take the pipe joint apart again. Instead I would like to find a way to get enough flux in
: the joint to apply more solder and fill the leak. When I try to fill the hole, the small amount of water in
: the pipe turns to steam and comes out the hole so no solder gets in.

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