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Copper pipe leaking: tight spot

Discussion in 'Repairs & Maintenance' started by TMNT, 21st Sep, 2016.

  1. TMNT

    TMNT Well-Known Member

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    just got called by one of my relatives who it seems a copper pipe in the ceiling is leaking noticeably.
    its basically in the roof cavity near the end where it becomes pointy,
    and you car barely see it because it also bends down,

    how on earth are you supposed to fix this? its also a second story building
     
  2. pinkboy

    pinkboy Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    You call a plumber whose hands will be rubbing together so fast you will need to hose them down to keep cool.

    pinkboy
     
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  3. Indifference

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    As @pinkboy said...

    If roof cavity access not workable then they either need to access via removing the eave board or if no eaves, lifting up some of the roofing surface.
     
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    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    This works foe me...

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    Lift the roof tiles. Easy access then.
     
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    Someone would have had to do the fitoff in the first place,and as copper pipe will crack over time the leak will be in the welded bends,so that will break down the fault area,just trying to understand if you have been up into the ceiling roof space and how much water is leaking before the pipe breaks open ..imho..
     
  7. TMNT

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    hey guys, we got the problm fixed for a fairly reasonable price,

    just wondering, how much would the materials for a 40cm copper pipe cost (dimension apprx 12mm)?

    we got a breakdown and just curious
     
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    $5 for the pipe piece itself, then a small amount of gas for the welding
     
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    You will probably find the plumber used compression fittings and a replacement length of pipe , probably $30 for materials. However the crimping tools are expensive and what price does one charge for knowledge and experience ?
     
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    Whats the breakdown say?
     
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    Psssst!


    Drip.....drip.
     
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    It's not the materials, it's knowing how to do it....and doing it right...
     
  13. TMNT

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    $245 for copper pipe

    $300 labour

    oops, I thought copper was expensive, , thought it might be worth about $120

    oh well, we are happy at tgat price
     
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    Joynz Well-Known Member

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    You mentioned earlier that you only needed 400mm of 12mm dia. pipe.

    $245 seems expensive for 400mm of pipe, even assuming it needed to be cut from a longer length.
     
  15. TMNT

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    yes that is correct,

    so what is the rough cost of a pipe that long?

    just for next time, I know copper prices have sky rocketd over the years
     
  16. robboat

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    Plumbers are always telling some tales of higher prices.....
    You do need their experience and knowhow for the right outcome though.
    And the licence for compliance.

    But Bunnies sell copper pipe too.....not $245 either....just saying...;)
    Kembla 1/2" x 3m Annealed Copper Tube