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    Unhappy PVC - Copper Pipe Joint

    The PVC pipe broke at the joint between the 1" supply line and the primary valve right at the end of the threaded copper pipe. Do I replace the threaded copper end or how do you remove the threaded pvc from the copper?

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    In the Trades Gary Swart's Avatar
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    Is the threaded copper a female adapter? If so, it might quicker and easier just to cut the adapter off, sweat a new one on and not even attempt to remove the broken PVC. To remove it, you'd have to make a couple of cuts in the PVC then pry the pieces out. You'd mess the copper threads up to a certain extent doing this which could make it difficult to get a leak free connection, and you'd not make very good wages saving the cost of a new adapter.

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    Red face New Adapter

    The copper fitting is female. So just grab a torch, take it off and add a new one? Any special considerations for solder, gas ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgalway View Post
    The copper fitting is female. So just grab a torch, take it off and add a new one? Any special considerations for solder, gas ??
    95/5 tin/antimony solder, Oatey No. 95 tinning flux, and a propane torch will work fine.

    Very good cleaning is important.

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    Leave the copper alone, and remove the plastic piece from the female adapter. There are several pipe removers that will work.

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    You can always melt the remaining PVC and pry it out of the fitting.

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