I had to remove the compression valve for the toilet during my bathroom floor install. When I started out I did not know how compression valves worked and ended up putting a lot of power into tightening the nut when I was intending to loosen it :-P Once I finally got the valve off the correct way, I found that my misguided efforts had resulted in a noticeable impression/dent in the copper pipe where the collar (ferrule?) of the valve had sat. The dent is small, I'd say about on the level of the creases at the joints on your fingers when you hold them straight (I didn't get a picture with the valve off, but including one before I finally got the collar off to give a sense of how I kind of banged it up).
I decided to have a go at simply re-installing a new valve to see if it would work - that was 3 weeks ago and there is just a verrrrrry small amount of moisture below the valve now to suggest that there is just a verrrrry small leak.
Now I'm trying to decide if:
I should remove the valve I installed and cut the pipe so that I have a PERFECTLY smooth surface for the new valve to seal against the pipe. I've got a pipe cutting tool but am somewhat concerned that I won't have much pipe left protruding once its cut. I can pull the pipe up a bit with very little force so this doesn't seem like a HUGE issue.
If I do cut the pipe, do I need to cut it all the way down to where that dent is, about an inch, or just enough so that the spot where the collar of the new valve will go will be clean pipe? that i think would require cutting at most 1/2 of the pipe
Can I re-use this "new" collar that I installed 3 weeks ago over the somewhat dented pipe, or should I start afresh with a new one? I guess I might as well just go new since they're not expensive and that's just a bit of extra insurance for a successful seal.
Any advice is much appreciated, thanks!!