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kinked copper pipe

Post by finest1 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:29 pm

hi all,

I was attempting to install my new shower valve. the actual install went ok. I had a small leak so I naturally tightened the nut. it seemed I overtightened it and the olive compressed or kinked the pipe slightly. can I carry on with the install or will this cause an issue?

im breaking for lunch now

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Re: kinked copper pipe

Post by dewaltdisney » Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:48 pm

I think I would try undoing the nut and wrapping a load of PTFE tape around the olive and re tightening. If you really feel it is buggered then now is the time to cut out a section and replace the pipe and start over. It is the danger of over tightening. We have all done it.

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Re: kinked copper pipe

Post by finest1 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:58 pm

thanks DWD, I've attached some photos. how many turns of PTFE would you advise, and when tightening, how much is too much?

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Re: kinked copper pipe

Post by dewaltdisney » Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:01 pm

I think that you should pipe slice that off and put in a fresh section of pipe. It looks like you have enough room. I always wrap a couple of times around the olive and tighten half a turn more when it gets stiff. It allows a little more of a turn if it weeps.

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Re: kinked copper pipe

Post by finest1 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:06 pm

hi DWD, I tried above, no luck! still leaking.

ive attached a photo of the valve installed. if i splice the ends as you advised above, i doubt it would reach to connect to the inlets of the valve.

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Re: kinked copper pipe

Post by gas4you » Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:47 pm

Cut the pipe off below the bend and start again with a new bend etc.
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Re: kinked copper pipe

Post by Ktuludays » Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:51 pm

There's only one way to do a job like this and it's to do it properly. If you leave it and it starts leaking......

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