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How do I solve this hole in my wall?

Discussion in 'Plastering and Rendering' started by sarah w, 26 Oct 2018.

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  1. sarah w

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    Unfortunately a TV aerial person drilled through a mains water pipe in my flat (1920's red brick mansion flat) and I am now trying to rectify the damage. Any suggestions on how to solve this would be much appreciated, I am assuming I need to fill the hole before I have the wall re-plastered?

    I have read about expandable foam and also using chicken wire.

    I recently had the hole made bigger as the new fixings (joining old pipe to new pipe) sat proud of the wall, the fittings do still sit slightly proud (see spirit level photo) but I have been told that we should not push the old lead pipes back any further for risk of damage
    Sorry all photos need rotating

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    The TV aerial installers public liability insurance should sort it.
     
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    I’m after practical solutions please for repairing the wall
     
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    Sorry I thought that was practical. It's the TV aerial installers fault and they should fix it. I can't understand why you are even considering doing it yourself.

    If you take your car for a service and it falls off their ramp and is damaged would you be happy if they left it like that for you to fix? I wouldn't.

    Anyway, of course it's your call, someone will no doubt be along shortly to give you the information you want.
     
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    Hi

    I assume it’s the couplings which have increased the width causing it to sit proud. Remove them and solder the joins for a flush finish.
     
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    as stated. Damage was caused by someone else. get them to fix it
     
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    You cannot solder lead joints.

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    I’m not sure I understand your post - you can use non-lead solder for use on drinking water pipes? Unless I am miss-understanding your post? The pipes don’t loook like lead water pipes, just normal copper.

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    Oh wait I see what you mean - the original pipes are suspiciously grey.

    OP - you need to confirm those pipes aren’t lead if you intend to do any work on them.

    If you scratch One, if it’s lead it’ll be a duller, darker grey. If it’s honey where you scratch it, they likely aren’t.
     
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    Sorry I see why you mean - the pipes emerging look suspiciously grey.

    OP - you need to confirm if they are lead pipes or not if you intend to do any soldering work. Scratch it gently with a nail - if the scratch is shiney it’s likely to not be lead. If it’s a duller, darker grey underneath it’s likely lead.

    If it’s a lead pipe, you’re stuck with the existing fix. Ideally, lead pipe should always be removed where possible as it’s toxic. If that’s the case, your next option is to hack back more of the wall and create a bigger void until there is sufficient space to joint pipes without having it sit proud.

    Regardless you need to understand that if you gun it with foam, plaster over it etc. that for compression fittings as you’ve fitted it’s not at all sensible. They are likely points of failure in the future and this all compression joints should really be accessible in some way.
     
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    Double post - thought the first had disappeared somehow!
     
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