How to repair a hole in a copper pipe using a click fix patch repair

How to repair a hole in a copper pipe using a click fix patch repair


this is a click fix pipe repair patch
this is made from copper and it actually has solder on the inside so it’s just
like a solder ring fitting but that will actually just clip onto the pipe
and then you can solder that in position obviously you need to clean the pipe
first these are fantastic idea if you get a hole in a copper pipe it’s very
common for people to go around putting screws in the floorboards trying to fix
down loose boards sometimes people don’t puncture the pipes if you do that
you get a screw in the pipe and the water leaks out obviously this is just
a on the bench demo so I’m just going to demonstrate how these work and then
afterwards I’m going to pressurize the pipe with some pressurized water and
we’ll see how much pressure one of these can actually take so to start off
with I’m going to take a screw and we’ve got a copper pipe here I’m now
going to drive the screw into the copper pipe if you did that in a real-life
situation you would have water dripping out of the hole so what you would have
to do now is drain down the system or isolate the water and drain down to
ensure there is no water in the pipe once you’ve done that you can then
remove the screw you take a look at that we have got a bit of the copper sticking
up where the screw has lifted it so we do need to remove that first we’re going
to do that using a file normally if you’re going to repair that you would
have to cut out a section of the pipe possibly use a couple of slip
couplings or a pipe repair coupling but with this you don’t actually need to cut
into the pipe you can simply solder that over the top so these are an
absolutely fantastic idea I actually paid £2.99 for
that from screwfix and I have actually seen people selling these on ebay for
nine quid so please be careful where you buy them from as there are some
people out there that will take advantage of you
so before we can solder this on we need to give that a clean one of the
best things for cleaning copper pipe before soldering is a scotch brite pad
this is a piece that I’ve cut off the I normally quite a bit larger than this
I’ve not actually seen these for sale previously and it was actually a YouTube member
that pointed me towards these and I am really sorry I can’t actually remember
the name of the guy recommended them now we’ve done that I’m just going to
apply a little bit of flux to the pipe this will clean it even further you can
apply this with a flux brush if you have one I’m now going to get the repair patch
and ensuring that I’ve got it central I’m going to push that directly over the
hole I’m now going to take some paper towel I’m going to clean off any of the
excess flux because we’ve got piece of timber underneath I’m just going to put
this soldering mat underneath there like so and I’m going to use the blow torch
I’m going to apply some heat to the fitting and that will melt all the
solder that is in there you can see that we’ve got solder
exiting from both of the ends if we turn it over
we’ve got solder along the long edges as well so it does quite literally
only take a couple of seconds for the solder to melt I’m now going to use the
pressure testing rig and we’ll just see exactly how much pressure this can take
to start off we’re just going to remove any trapped air that’s in the pipe because
we don’t want to pressurize the air so we’ve now got water in the pipe I’ll now
proceed to pressure test the pipe so you can see that we’re now at ten BAR we are
now at twenty BAR now at thirty BAR and I we are now at more than forty BAR and we’re now
up past fifty BAR which is the actual limit of the pressure testing rig as you
can see there’s no sign at all of that failing so they are going absolutely
fantastic idea for repairing copper pipes because you don’t actually need to
cut the pipe to do the repair that will give you a long lasting permanent repair
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100 Comments

  1. Like so many other things; this works splendidly in the lab as a demo, but the reality is that you will never have access to a hole in the copper pipe which is pinched up against the wood sub floor, to install this brilliant gizmo. Waste of money even at 2 pounds.

  2. I had a tiny hole in my pipe and the plumber cut it and slipped a whole one of these copper pieces on and pressed it tight with a clamping tool. $180 for 5 minutes work, robbery.

  3. you still cannot soldier the pipe it there is water in it… So that said, IF you are draining the pipe, why would you not use a coupler ? also in the case of a service call a peice of red rubber and a gearclamp works easier and cheaper 🙂 cool idea though.

  4. I have a question for you, but it's not about a water pipe it's about a gas pipe. / The pipe is the same size as the one in this video. I have to replace a T – Junction to the pipe which I'm pretty confident I can do… My worry is. After turning off the gas supply tap at the mains, because I'm using a naked flame, I'm a bit concerned about any remaining gas that may still be in the pipe. How do I know the pipe is clear of gas prior to soldering ?

  5. I’ve done something like this before. I cut a 15mm slip coupling down one side just cliped it over the pipe and soldered it! Worked a treat

  6. My plumber fixed a hole just like this as I had nailed a pipe, he basically heated it up and poured molten solder on to it, job done.

  7. Im a tiler and work alongside plumbers so know all the swear words! Seriously though this look like a clever piece of kit. However, having watched plumbers working on 'wet' pipework, they tell me and I have seen, that when heating up a pipe with water inside, the heat draws the water along to where they are working causing problems soldering and lots more swearing. Hope that makes sense! Would that problem not arise when applying this repair patch to a 'wet' pipe?

  8. Thanks for that. Ive never even heard of them until now. I’ve fixed a couple of these types of leaks (that I caused my self😩) by using a piece of car heater hose and a jubilee clip directly on the hole. They turned out to be permanent repairs. So far anyway.
    Have you tried to glue one of these patches using the copper pipe glue you demonstrated.

  9. WOW, what a rip off, just take a standard coupling of proper size and cut a section out of it so it snaps in place over the damaged pipe. Of course you muse clean the damaged area flux and solder as normal.

  10. And if for some reason you don't have a good preparation and that happens a lot you have even a bigger problem with water now in the pipe, the best quick fix especially in the wee hours of the morning when you have other outstanding calls is to use a radiator hose clamp available at any auto parts store and a piece of rubber roofing or similar rubber material, when you have other calls backed-up or you just want to get back home you can always come back and do a better job of it later when you have the time!

  11. this is a great idea especially tough areas you cant easily get a pipe cutter in; if you can't shut off the water though because the valves are jammed / very old, and you don't want to open a can of worms doing so, sharkbites work well.

  12. Or you could do what any professional plumber would do and cut out the damaged section of pipe and do a repair with a proper coupling.

  13. it happened to me a couple of time of damaging a copper pipe while drilling in the wall, thank you for your tips, I will get a hand full of these from Kwik-Fix.

  14. Take a look at the ebay listing when you say the price varies, it sais 49CM in the listing so would assume its about 5 times the size of the one you used.

  15. This is a nice gadget. But, you can alsi strip a chewing gum around it. You just have to chewing it around 1 minute after you apli it on the hole and you use an hair dryer. I always use this method and my customers are very happy with it. And it s less expensive when you run a small business like mine.
    Try it you ll be amazed.

  16. Thanks for the video. where can you purchase this click fix patch? can't find it anywhere…. tried ebay, amazon, and homedepot.

  17. If the pipe is drained, then why not fix it more properly with a coupling, which would only take a few minutes more?

  18. VERY NICE GADGET, AND I MUST SAY THIS IS THE BEST DEMO IVE SEEN , CRISP AND CLEAN AND CLEAR INSTRUCTION ON HOW TO . WELL DONE AND THANK YOU…

  19. this is just what I need, however, the leak is on the opposite side of a pipe that is in situ in a tight and confined space…..cant get the blowtorch on it

  20. You won’t get away with that with an inspection on a new house in the US. Cut the copper and repair it the correct way. Tear out the wall if necessary.

  21. Cool gadget, I might try to find something similar in the states. In real life though, you've screwed through a floorboard and hit a pipe. Can you tell right away you hit something you shouldn't have or do you find out later when the drip reveals a leak?
    I wouldn't mind seeing an inside the wall or floor fix demonstration.

  22. Cool little invention, not sure who it's for though, professional plumbers would most likely never use this. Homeowners don't usually play with torches. And most handymen are good enough to cut the section of pipe out and replace.

  23. I have punctured a 15mm heating pipe. The nail went straight through. So 2 holes..but the hole below is difficult to get the torch on. Can you use 2 patches? one above and one underneath?

  24. Thanks for the video. Very handy! Would this work on a central heating pipe or would the heat soften the solder? Greetings from Ireland!

  25. Quick Question: How would you be able to use this fix if you had punctured the pipe as you described (by screwing down floor boards from above)? Wouldn’t the hole be located between the floor board and the pipe (leaving little to no space to get in with a click fix patch…much less a torch to heat it on)? Am I missing something here?

  26. Having trouble draining the system .my pipes Lower than all my taps.turned my stop cock off and turned on all my taps but no water coming out.

  27. Absolutely useless if the screw or nail goes all the way through the copper and into the joist. In 99% of instances, that's what happens.

  28. I would braze that whole shut in seconds. Heat shield, A/C brazing rod and some MAPP gas on a Turbo Torch. And some damp cool rags to cool it off. A stick of brazing rod may possibly be hard for someone to come up with though. I'm not trying to knock you. This is just what I would do, cuz I'm an AC man. No cleaning or flux needed . Peace and love.

  29. Honestly, you're better off cutting the pipe. In this way, you can ensure there's no standing water in the pipe. Any water in the pipe will ensure the joint will never take solder. Buy couplings *without* the built in stops. Permanent repair that doesn't look hacked.

  30. GREAT VIDEO !! THANK YOU SO MUCH !! WONDERFUL DEMONSTRATION WITH MAKING THE HOLE, INSTALLING THE PATCH, and TESTING IT ! Is this not sold in the USA?

  31. Can't say thank you enough. Been so stressed about a pipe that saw a drill bit end in an attempt to fix a squeaky floor board before laying down laminate. Sandwiched between a joist and floor board and two pipes either side, couldn't even figure out how to cut for a straight join. Then worry about the integrity of the joins. And the stress of the colder weather turning up any day. This is a brilliant invention and you've given me the confidence boost to do it. A very sincere thank you.

  32. Ty great video, I normally use endfeed straight coupling takes much longer to do as you cut the pipe ect, will use this fitting nextime, im sure ive seen this in screwfix catalogue while ago. Anyway ty for ur. Video thx

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