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    Default Repairing/replacing leaky copper DWV pipe Final repairs made

    Howdy folks, while doing my routine plumbing check I found a leak at the area where everything drains out of the home. The home was built in '68 and is unfortunately all copper. While it has made small repairs easy, this one has me scratching my head. My thinking is to replace this area with PVC. I don't know whether to tackle it on my own or call a good plumber. Here is a pic of the area. At this point, the leak is small at maybe 4-5oz a day, but she could go at any time! Already a quick patch job in another spot so that is why I am thinking of gutting and replacing.

    Any ideas?
    Thanks
    Steve

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    "Joints" do not start leaking, unless the pipe inside is eroded away, so a "repair" is not likely. The good news is that it will NOT "give at any time". It will just get worse a little bit at a time.
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    The bad news is that fixing it properly is gonna cost a bunch of money.

    So, next question. Is that side inlet elbow, installed in that position code or not ?
    [B]No, plumbing ain't rocket science. Unlike rocket science, plumbing requires a license[B]

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    Thanks for the opinions. Have no clue if the elbow is code? I have a plumber coming next week as he is swamped so I may do another patch job until then.

    When you say "bunch of money", what ballpark you reckon?

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    A major league one.
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    Is it me, or does that clean out looked braized?

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