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    Help! I was installing a ceiling vent cover and accidentally drilled a hole in my copper plumbing. I don't enjoy plumbing so is there an easy fix?
    Thanks!

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    DIY Senior Member Mike Swearingen's Avatar
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    The only proper way to repair a copper water supply line enclosed in a ceiling or wall like this is to cut it at the drilled hole and solder in a new copper coupling.
    Good Luck!
    Mike

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    Mike your right but…
    If you do get a $10.00 bandage on there it’ll be a $5,000 + in a few months to a year. I do know that if insurance sees that it was not fixed right they might not pay for the damages.

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    And what is not right about installing a coupling? And if it is installed properly how will it cause $5,000.00 damages later?

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    I cut out sections of copper tubing used slip couplings,done properly should
    be no problems.

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    In the Trades Gary Swart's Avatar
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    Repairing this with a slip coupling certainly is not a "band aid" repair. It's no different than when you are plumbing and have to add a new length of pipe.

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