plumbing repair couplingA crack in copper plumbing needs to be repaired quickly. The water is under constant pressure in the supply lines and will spray water out and can cause damage.

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There are copper repair couplings (also called sleeves) that can be used once the crack is cut out of the pipe. Use a pipe cutting tool (not a hacksaw) and cut out the area of the crack. This is going to leave a void in the pipe that you will fill in with a repair coupling. When you buy a repair coupling, make sure it is longer than the area that you removed from the pipe. Some couplings have internal stops inside that won’t allow the pipe to go beyond that point. Don’t buy that type. Instead, buy the coupling without stops so that you can slide it wherever you want it to go.

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You will use the same procedure to solder it on, just as with any soldering job. Clean the ends of the pipes, flux the mating surfaces, and apply the heat. You will have to slide the repair coupling somewhat beyond its final resting point so that you can place it onto the pipe on the other end of the void. Here is an article on how to solder copper plumbing.

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