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    DIY Junior Member mfellows's Avatar
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    Default Pipe split, how does this happen?

    I found what I thought was a pinhole leak in the 1 1/2" copper stub (attached to a pvc trap) under my daughters kitchen sink. When I cut just behind where I thought the leak was, I found the split you can see in the picture. I was wondering if this was a manufacturing defect or what can cause this sort of failure? This house was built in the 60s using 1 1/2" copper for DWV.Name:  pipe.jpg
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    Nevermind...

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    The "split" was probably on the bottom and was caused by waste and possibly drain cleaners flowing through the pipe.
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