How to FIX a burst pipe with copper wire! | GOT2LEARN

How to FIX a burst pipe with copper wire! | GOT2LEARN


You probably never thought of doing this
but uh, did you know you could fix a broken pipe with electrical wire? You
heard me right electrical wire! All right so first of
all, why would you use electrical wire versus the right fittings a repair a
burst pipe? Let’s just say you use this trick in an emergency situation or as a
last case scenario to give water back to the tenants in the building instead of
leaving them with no water. So here’s your burst pipe. Normally, you’d cut the
bad portion out, add two couplings and a piece of pipe and solder everything back
together, but seeing we don’t have the proper fittings, we need to find a way to
block off the hole to be able to turn the water back on until we’re able to
get the appropriate fittings to fix this the proper way. So the first thing you
want to do is shut off the water at the main entrance of the building. Then, if
you don’t know how to solder copper pipe stop here. Go ahead and watch my “how to solder copper pipe” video it’ll show you how to correctly solder copper pipe and
then you’ll be able to get your burst pipe fixed in no time. Once you’re
comfortable with the soldering process grab your electrical wire and strip the
plastic envelope to expose all the wires. You’ll only be needing the copper wire
in this case. What you want to do is clean both the wire and the portion
where the wire will be going on the pipe with sandpaper to make sure there
aren’t any contaminants before soldering. Then, apply some flux on the pipe and go
ahead and start winding the copper wire around the pipe. Make sure to overlap the wire about a quarter of an inch on both sides to make
sure that you cover the damaged portion correctly. Once the hole is covered, join
both ends of the wire and twist it just like this, to make sure it doesn’t come
undone while soldering. You’re now ready to solder. Add some flux on the wire and
start heating everything up. You’ll want to use a low flame for this or else
you’ll just burn off the flux. To start off the repair, use 95/5 solder as this type of solder doesn’t contain any lead and it’s
the portion that’ll be in contact with the water inside the pipe. 95/5 will
serve as a foundation for the fix but I recommend capping it off with some 50/50
solder to make sure it’s nice and solid. So go ahead and make a second pass while
everything is still hot and you’re done! As you can see this will fix the problem
but you’ll need to come back and fix it with the right fittings. Wait till the
solder is fully cooled down and wipe off any remaining flux and inspect your
joint. If you’re hesitant, add some solder up until you’re satisfied with
the results. When you’re ready to turn the water back on do it slowly to make
sure there’s no leaks and voila you fixed a burst pipe. This isn’t the correct
way to fix the problem, but it could get you out of trouble at 1 o’clock in the
morning if you don’t have the parts and you need to re-establish the water in the
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27 Comments

  1. You can use copper pipe (only if you dont hsve a coupler ) you need to cut it in half and make sure is cover the burst pipe ( sorry my english is not to good )

  2. 50/50 or 95/5 either one will work just fine, no need to be silly and sweat it twice, thats just silly kids !

  3. Good trick. Will have to remember that. I have to ask why was the pipe you showed sanded wrong? I have never had an issue sanding it that way.

  4. Never use 50/50 solder on a domestic water line.. Ever! ..otherwise, nice tip. I will add that if you use stranded wire, like from a power cord or speaker wire ..or an old string of xmas lights, etc. There will be no need for the 50/50 solder. But like you said. The flux will cook off fast, so heat pipe first when wire is hot enough for solder, dab a little more flux on before applying solder. Also, it would be a tremendous help if you dipped solder into flux before applying solder to wire. A better solution would be to braze the joint with some sil phos 15. In which case, go back to using that solid 14 gage romex. That joint wouldn't meet code either but it would stand the test of time regardless.

  5. أنا مصرى مستحيل أفهم أيه اللى بتقوله لو سمحت حط الكلام اللى بتقوله أكتبه على الشاشه علشان حتى أعرف أترجمه أنا

  6. Better yet, buy a couple of fittings for each size pipe you have and then you are ready to fix it right rather than doing this kludgy repair. It really isn’t that hard to plan ahead just a little and be prepared.

  7. neat trick but if this happens in a building, where you need to shut the whole building off to repair this, the person you call had better have the right tools to fix this. Even if its a shark bite fitting and a section of pipe until a permanent repair can be made. If your a home owner, just shut the whole house off. Im trying to figure out the chances that someone would have 2 ft of 10/2 lying around, a torch, sand paper, flux, and solder, vs possibly having a hand full of couplings as well.

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