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Is it possible to stop weeping between threaded copper joint on sprinkler system?

We just redid our sprinkler system last year and I found some weeping here when turning on the sprinklers for the summer. Is it possible to stop without having to take everything apart? [
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Dent in underground main water line. Repair or not?

It is a 1-inch underground copper pipe serving as the main water line to my home. It got dented by a plumber when digging a trench. It is not leaky now but I’m worried if the wall is weaker that leads ...
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How to replace head of spigot without replacing stem?

I have a leaking outside spigot that has the pipe stem embedded ln a stone wall, with no access to the back. However, there is enough pipe protruding from the wall to cut the copper pipe just behind ...
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What is this u-shaped copper pipe under my sink?

I just bought a house in the Las Vegas area and we are replacing a vanity cabinet. When we removed it, we discovered this u-shared copper pipe with some "device" in the enter coming out of ...
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Can I Go Copper to Pex/CPVC

I've got some 1/2 inch copper piping and a capped pipe. The tee was originally used to run water to a washing machine cold water line (hot was not run as it was not being used). Due to home ...
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Connecting Large Copper Pipe To PEX With Sharkbyte

I have some 4-6 inch copper piping that I need to replace a portion of. I have looked and can go copper to pex no problem. But is is it possible to go from 4-6 inch copper to PEX? There is a ...
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Is this house wired with copper and at least a 100A service?

Is this house copper wired and 100 amp? I opened up the breaker box and see mostly copper colored wiring. And the largest breakers at the top of the breaker box are stamped with 100. My mom has owned ...
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On a dedicated hot water recirculation line can you reduce the diameter of the line at a certain point?

Our dedicated recirc line/race track is essentially square shaped with 8' sides. However our sink/dishwasher (1.5TFU) is 25' developed length away. A 50' round trip to make it back to the "square&...
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Junction box config question (copper wires are braided together and not attached)

Installing a new rocker style switch and the junction box had one two black wires connected to the existing switch (hot and neutral) In the box there’s two copper wires braided together and two white ...
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What are these pipes for and how can I seal them off to cover them?

pipes coming up through floor in dormer (added in the 90's maybe) ]1enter image description here Renovating a house from circa 1900. There are these random copper pipes sticking out in two of the ...
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What are these foil covered copper shingles called? What can I learn about them?

I'm looking for anything on this style of shingle I need to help replace a few of these, and so far have not found anything in terms of vendor, date, supply, or even a name. Other than "copper ...
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Is tapping into my 40A breaker circuit for my 130A partial duty welder doable and safe?

I have good access to Aluminum B type SE wire connected to a 40 amp breaker. It is a dedicated circuit. There are only two capped wires and a thin app 2 mm silver color (aluminum?) wire that is ...
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Connecting 6awg copper to 2awg aluminum feeder?

I want to put a RV 50 amp plug in box about 100 feet from my house. The 50 amp breaker for the panel won’t accept 2awg aluminum. I have about 10 feet of 6/6/6/8 copper wire that will work with the ...
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Trying to install a pull chain light fixture in closet

So I have exposed wiring in a light fixture in the closet (see photo. Note: had just removed the nut from the live wires before the photo). Click to enlarge This wire is passing through and also ...
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Replacing gas range in an old house with copper propane (LP) gas line

I'm facing a dilemma of replacing a gas range in a relatively old (30 years) house that is using LP gas (external tanks). The gas lines are copper and haven't changed since the original construction. ...
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How to restore copper hip roof

Over my bay window is a copper roof. Unfortunately the roof above doesn't have gutters yet. Where the water drops on the hip roof it is discolored. What is the best way to get this looking good again?
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soldered a bunch of joints and they worked!!? so, when are they going to fail? [closed]

Weird question I guess, but I’m second guessing my handiwork. I’m a DIYer, watched a bunch of youtube. For two separate projects I soldered 16 joints and 6 joints. (1/2” and 3/4” copper) For both when ...
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Copper sweating to heat pump

Yesterday I got a brand new heat pump. Long story short, it was messy at best. In particular, the copper sweating attached to the condenser unit seems problematic in a couple of ways. First, copper ...
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Best Brush for Tinning Flux [closed]

Looking for a recommendation for a good brush to use with tinning flux. The basic synthetic brushes used with regular water soluble flux work just fine. But tinning flux is a lot thicker, pastier, ...
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How to temporarily catch leaks trickling down the outside of a pipe

I have a small, slow and steady trickle of water running down the outside of a vertical 15 mm copper pipe. How can I capture the leak and divert the water into a receptacle? I'm not asking for a ...
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How do I fix this leak in my sink supply plumbing?

The leak seems to be in the coupling. I can’t tell how to remove coupling from the hose and if it is an easy replace. The tap leaks when tap is turned on only and it is the hot water hose The ...
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Does copper mesh react with wood?

I have about a quarter-sized hole in my door frame from where the bolt used to go, with a bigger hollow void behind it - and I want to fill this hole. I was contemplating using some copper mesh I had ...
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If a 12 gauge, 50 foot long copper wire can support 20 amps why is 6 gauge cable so much thicker

If a 12 gauge, 50 foot long copper wire can support 20 amps, why is the amount of wire in 6 gauge cable so much thicker and only rated to support 55 amps if your looking at 50 feet? Wouldn’t a ...
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How can I install a utility spigot so it's oriented the right way?

I fitted new nozzle bibtap (same brand) onto new bibtap wall flange (same shop). I used PTFE tape, with Pipe joint lubricant (could not source Pipe joint compound) on both fittings. One fitted ...
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Is this a PEX line with a compression fitting leaking?

This section of pipe is the incoming main to the house. I believe it's PEX but need confirmation. It transitions here to copper throughout the rest of the house. Anyway I replaced inline the PRV right ...
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Does a lightning rod need a porcelain insulator when installed on a metal rooftop?

I am installing a conventional copper rod on the top of a metal roof top. I am concerned whether the roof top and the spike rod base are to be insulated with porcelain insulator? Scenario: When ...
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Need help planning reroute of cold water line

Recently purchased a house and am in the middle of replacing the lead water service line along with what I think are more lead pipes. From the water service line, the pipe goes underground then re-...
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How to retrofit this circuit to be able to run a bare ground splice to another appliance?

I'm adding a #8AWG bare ground in order to retrofit a 3-wire range socket into a 4-wire one. I will be splicing into an existing water heater circuit to get the "at least #10" ground that is ...
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Add aluminum wiring in a house with copper

This is more of a practical question than an NEC one. I've dealt with aluminum wiring in a prior home and know how much of a pain it is to use CO/AL bridges and Noalox to meet code. In my case I need ...
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Can I run a ground wire (6 awg bare copper) outside the 6-6-6 (2 hots & 1Neutral) that are in conduit for a 50 amp RV Service?

The main panel of the house already has a 50 amp breaker. There is 6-6-6 Awg wires and a bare copper ground coming from the breaker to the corner of the house that was used for a spa that is no ...
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Would there be a problem running a whole house water filter in line like this?

I am in the process of changing the 50 year old copper plumbing in my house to PEX. I wanted to install a filter and scale inhibition system in line right after the valve and meter coming in from ...
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Can Electrical Leak into Copper Pipes Cause Corroison?

My Lg Washing machine is leaking electrical current into my copper water lines when idle. 16v from the cold water line and 3v from the hot line. After purchasing this washing machine, I began to ...
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reuse copper water line for fridge

My current fridge uses copper water line. I ordered a new fridge from Costco and it will be delivered in the next couple of days. Costco offers free haul away and simple installation. I highly doubt ...
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Do PressFit copper fitting tools exist that require less muscle leverage?

I am not asking for shopping advice or recommendations, just want to know whether the tool I have in mind actually exists in the real world, and if so what it is called. It's not something ...
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internal corrosion of copper pipe from various causes and tools, prep, and procedures required to prevent it

This is an interesting video on copper pipe corrosion from various causes. I am looking for an internal wall deburring tool to prevent the turbulence corrosion. The hand-tools (barrel-shaped) have ...
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1/4 copper to 1/2 PEX to 1/4 copper?

I have an old home that has a 1/4 copper line running from a copper valve tee in the basement, directly up through the floor boards, into the fridge. I'm trying to add an ice maker valve box behind my ...
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Should seal tape ever go in a union?

I messed up the soldering of this 1" copper union (solder went into the threads) and the threaded joint (not the soldering) is having a very small leak, yet noticeable. I will replace the union ...
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Do these pipes need to be replaced?

We're remodeling a shower and after getting the tile and backer board off, this is what the pipes look like. There isn't any noticeable leak, but it looks like maybe there was at some point? These ...
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Refrigerator - power cord exposed copper wire

There are multiple parts of exposed copper wiring on the power cord of my refrigerator. There are about 3 parts where the copper is exposed. I'm not really sure how it happened. Can I wrap it in ...
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Water leak at outside copper-PVC pipe connection

The water supply to the irrigation system includes a connection between copper and PVC pipes, located a few inches above the ground. The PVC pipe connected to the copper pipe (blue in the picture) ...
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Copper pipes making knocking sound when I turn the water off

I did bathroom reno and replaced bathtub and shower faucets locations and extended copper pipes a little. That's not the first time I weld copper pipes and I didn't have any problems in past. What I ...
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green oxidation on copper pipe: do I need to clean or replace?

I'm installing a new vanity and found green oxidation at the elbow joints of the copper pipes exiting the wall. As you can see in the pictures below, there is much more oxidation on the hot water pipe ...
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Basement refrigerator copper line leak

I have an issue with a flexible copper pipe in the basement ceiling occasionally dripping cold water There is no spraying - just slow drips. I noticed condensation issues in the basement on hot humid ...
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Replace Copper Pipe & Gate Valves With PEX Pipe & SharkBite Ball Valves & Fittings

Summarize the problem My 35 year-old home's water supply gate valves and outdoor hose bibbs are very difficult to turn on and off. Provide details and any research The primary water supply comes in ...
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What is this black thing on the main copper water line before entering house?

On a new construction build down the street, I am interested to know what this is and what it does? We are in California on public water if it makes a difference.
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Kitchen sink tap

I try to replace the tap myself but not successful. I just only remove the flexible pipe. Please see attached photo showing the tap details. Could anybody see this type of tap? And how to remove it? ...
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How to replace the copper connector under the bathroom faucet

Trying to use the most accurate description: it's a copper connector or supply line that connects directly to the faucet that breaks with a huge hole. It leaks if I turn on the water. photo 1 shows ...
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Installing Moen Flo with SharkBite. Is this bent copper, soft copper?

I was planning on installing a Moen Flo on an exposed copper supply line using sharkbites, but the pipe was slightly bent to connect it to the branch line. Can anyone tell if this is soft copper just ...
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What is this plastic insert inside of copper pipe?

I found this plastic piece inside of a 3/4" copper pipe. Is it a random discovery, or a leftover from the manufacturer, or some type of water reducer?
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Where to install water shutoff valve

I'm remodeling a bathroom in a house built in 1993 (Midwest USA). Apparently the plumbers didn't add shutoff valves under the main or master bathroom sinks... I've found plenty of instructions online ...
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