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Rippled bend in copper pipe

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by Chiplet, 19 Dec 2014.

  1. Chiplet

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    Hi all

    I'm seeking some advice on a job I've recently had done. I've had a new radiator installed and on inspecting the job more closely I've noticed some 'ripples' on the inside of the copper pipe where it has been has been bent. It's not severe and the plumber has assured me it won't cause any issues and is just a result of thinner pipe.

    I'm a complete newbie to this so am I being a bit OCD thinking it will cause a problem? It's under a floor so just need to make sure it's all ok and will last for many years.

    I'd appreciate any advice or info!

    Many thanks
     
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    Don't worry about it, it'll be OK. There's millions of pipes with rippled bends on. Phone the Plumber back up & tell him to buy himself a Hilmor bender...... :D
     
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    It's not the benders it because it was cheaper, thinner copper tube. It'll be fine though. I have hilmors and it only ripples the pipe when I buy it from certain places that have the thinner tube.
     
  5. Chiplet

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    Thanks guys, appreciate the quick feedback.

    It's basically a few light ripples, there is one which is slightly larger and I was just concerned it could wear inside or it may have 'fractured' and could develop a leak in the future, so this does put my mind at rest.

    Does this cheaper pipe cause issues after long term use?

    Cheers
     
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    Ho Ho Ho!! We got a photo over on the Real Plumbers forum!!!

    IF & it's a very big if, you have a problem with the copper tube the ripples(small & irrelivent) will not make a difference.

    So go & enjoy your Xmas, I hope you & your family have a lovely time🎅🎅🎉🎉🎉🎉🎊🎈🎈
     
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    Thanks guys, appreciate all the responses! It's put my mind at rest.. I managed to get some images uploaded..!

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    Nothing to worry about, happens a lot (i also have hilmor bender).
     
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    It happens when force is removed from the pipe bender, then re-applied. i.e the plumber bends a 90 degree bend then once he lets go there is spring in pipe trying to straighten out, so he bends it some more.

    If he's good with a bender, he'll over-bend it by just the right amount so once it springs back it's as he wants it.

    You don't need to worry about the effect the ripples will have on the flow or any possible FAC

    Nozzle
     
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    Thanks for the responses guys, sounds like I can rest easy - I can live with the cosmetic issues as long as it's secure. Cheers
     
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