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Emergency Leak

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by Mr Sparkle, 18 Sep 2020.

  1. Mr Sparkle

    Mr Sparkle

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    Just went into the kitchen and I've got a @Hugh Jaleak :D:D

    Water is gushing (like a sprinkler) from the part I have labelled '1'

    Does anyone have any advice on the remedial work to fix this?

    Am i right in saying that this is lead pipe?
     

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  3. just pumps

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    Scrape a knife along the length.
     
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    Scrape gently in towards the leak, lifting a shaving, then gently tap down into the hole. A temp repair can be achieved with a sharpened matchstick tapped into the hole. If you have some to hand, self amalgamating tape will effect a repair.
     
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  5. just pumps

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    For a small hole and as a temp repair use a self tapping screw wrapped with PTFE tape. Or Rubber and a jubillee clip over the hole.
     
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    Fit a lead loc coupling to a good section of the lead pipe and extend from it in copper .
    Long term ,have the entire lead pipe replaced with MDPE pipe.
     
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    A bit of hose pipe slit down then fixed with a jubilee clip (temp repair)

    Everyone has a hose and nick the jubilee clip from the washing machine waste hose.

    Andy
     
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    Turn it off :whistle:

    Seriously though .... off at the street and cut it out. Was called out to a DIY repair not so long ago, lead under bath had split and was diy repaired with a clip and piece of hose. Don't get me wrong, all good as an emergency repair for a day or two but chap then said smiling, I did that a couple of months ago and had forgotten about it, ah well .... needless to say the downstairs neighbour wasn't very happy about that, 2nd time in as many months, looks like it's going to be handbags.
     
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  9. Mr Sparkle

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    Thanks for the advice guys

    To scrape the pipe would this blade be ideal?
    https://www.screwfix.com/p/hooked-u...MIu-6F-Yj16wIVwuntCh2W_QgDEAQYCCABEgK1WfD_BwE

    With the loc coupling, would this repair work on lead pipe that is not straight? My pipe is at an angle going upwards?

    To cut the pipe is there something more easier to use than a hacksaw? I have a recip saw, angle grinder, multi tool cutter

    Finally would flux and soldering over leaking holes work?
     
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    Yes...ish.

    The solder is "plumbers metal" and the flux tallow or beef dripping (yes) and you need a wiping cloth (folded brown paper will do).

    There's a bit of skill in heating both pipe and plumbers metal so that you get a mass of plumbers metal to a plastic consistency which can be squodged* onto the cleaned area of the pipe to get adhesion but without melting the lead pipe itself. There may be videos on "wiping a lead joint" or "wiping lead".

    *firmly pressed
     
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  12. Nige F

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    I resurected an old thread for y'all;)
     
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    If so then why?
     
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    It pertains to wiping a joint on a lead pipe.
     
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    Didn’t ask that did I.
     
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    I thought you did
     
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    get a knife out of your kitchen drawer and scrape the pipe, if it's lead it will go shiny silver if you really want to but it's definitely lead with a copper tail.

    Honestly, get someone in to cut it back and replace as much as possible and/or use a leadloc but make sure they have experience working with lead. You need to get the pipe as clean, smooth and as round as possible to ensure the leadloc takes weep free, long term.
     
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