fixing small leak on solder joint

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  1. DJM

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    I have a main water feed pipe to the electric shower that has a very small weep on a solder joint. It produces a small drip about every hour or so.

    The joint is at the end of an S-curved pipe and appears to have been flared by the original plumber to allow the next pipe to join on without a connector, then soldered. This was fitted before we bought the house and I would extimate it is 15 years old.

    I therefore can't simply replace the fitting, or the run easily, so is there anyway I can seal the joint?
     
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    There is a product called Fernox LSX that is a sort of rubberery paste, it sets quickly in the presence of water. It can be smeared over and into the gap. It might cure your problem. It will also fix itself securely to your skin and fingernails.

    The problem you will have is that any water pressure in the pipe will prevent you pushing it into the hole. So turn off the supply to the shower and open the tap to relieve pressure. Clean out the old joint with your wife's toothbrush as it may be partially filled with old flux.

    You had better start thinking about cutting out the faulty part and inserting a compresssion piece. It is very difficult to re-solder pipes once they are wet.
     
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    JohnD you are obviously a man of many talents assuming you are the same JohnD from teh electrical forum. Thnaks.

    I have seen Loctite Repair Express Power Putty which claims to seal pipes permanantly. Is this any good.

    It's just a real mare to get back to a straight piece of pipe to hack out the single weeping joint.
     
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    If you can drain the pipe there is a little trick I tell trainees.

    If you use electrical solder this has cores of flux within the solder and the flux is particularly good and will usually enable a repair to be made to a badly soldered plumbing fitting without taking it apart.

    It should not be used on pipes carying potable water so it should not be used on your shower fitting if its mains fed.

    Thats the latest law but as many houses are supplied by 10 m of lead pipe its come a bit late for many installations.

    Tony
     
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    Unfortunately it is a mains fed shower so I'll have to pass on the electrical solder idea. Thanks anyway.

    I guess I can get some Loctite and see if it works, if not I am no worse off
     
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    DJM - I know this post was a few years ago but did it the loctite/LSD work? How did you go about fixing? I have a similar problem with minute weep on a pipe.
     
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    If it's a temporary repair you want then pipe repair putty will do the job, Evo stick do some I think but a proper soldered/compression fix is the only long term solution.
     
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    FFS just do it properly, cut the offending piece out, and replace it.

    Job done :rolleyes:
     
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    Easy. If you can vacuum out the water from the pipe.

    Paint a good bit of flux onto the joint and using a hot torch brazing torch
    heat it up and then apply a goodly amount of solder.
    Finish by brushing with more flux after you remove the heat.
    That usually cures a leaky joint.
    Failing that it's a case of replacing the joint.
     
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