How to Fix a Leak With Copper Epoxy

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If your copper pipe is leaking there are two basic solutions: Either replace the leaking pipe with a soldered connection or use an epoxy adhesive for a more temporary, less work-intensive fix. Epoxy adhesive is widely available in hardware stores and is simple to apply. With the proper technique, you can quickly repair the hole.

Things You'll Need

  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Rag
  • 300-grit sandpaper
  • Copper epoxy kit
  • Plastic bucket
  • Putty knife
  • Turn off the water supply to the leaking pipe.

  • Dampen a rag with isopropyl alcohol and clean down the leaking section of copper pipe to remove grease and oil.

  • Rub down the leaking section of the pipe with a 300-grit sandpaper until the copper surface is rough to the touch. This will ensure that the epoxy bonds to the copper.

  • Mix the epoxy and epoxy hardener included in an epoxy kit in an equal 1:1 ratio for 60 seconds. Use a clean plastic bucket for the mix. The instructions for some epoxy kits vary by manufacturer. Be sure to follow the directions closely as indicated on the epoxy's package.

  • Scoop the epoxy out of the bucket and spread it onto the copper pipe. Use a putty knife to spread and manipulate the epoxy. The epoxy will cure in 30 minutes after application. Turn on the water to the pipe after 60 minutes.

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References

  • "Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual: Completely Revised and Updated"; Editors of The Family Handyman; 2005
  • Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images
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