OK, so I got too enthusiastic pulling out the washing machine to clean
To cut a long story short - I have a 15mm copper pipe that appears out
of a hole and, an inch later, goes into the standard compression fitting
washing machine outlet tap. The compression fitting, thanks to the
actions mentioned in the first line, is now leaking. Just a drip every
10 secs or so.
I tried tightening the compression joint. It won't tighten. It will
loosen very easily. When I say it won't tighten, I mean it won't
tighten. I'm sure that the nut is bottoming out on the fitting and not
applying more force to the olive.
Now I have choices, as I see it.
1) Saw end off pipe, complete with existing olive. Re-assemble with new
olive. There is just about enough pipe sticking out to do this.
2) Saw off end of pipe. Clean up end and solder on a join to a new bit
of pipe, complete with old outlet tap with new olive. Or even new outlet
tap and new olive.
3) Undo compression fitting. Apply PTFE tape to old pipe and olive.
Re-tighten with fingers crossed.
4) Saw off end of pipe. Clean up end and solder on blanking cap. Wash
clothes by hand..
Anyone had much joy in stopping compression fittings from leaking?