I have a bit of a problem here... We were trying to remove this very large
rock from underneath our wooden deck..so large that we had to use a car jack
to loosen it out...but in the process we slightly bent one of the copper
lines from my underground oil tank... that connect from my oil tank to my
boiler.. We were able to bend it back to almost the way it was before...but
it still has a bend...
My question is.... is there anyway to repair this small area of piping...or
does the whole line have to be replaced? I was so upset when i noticed it
happened....arghhhh.. I wanted to post here before calling my oil company
because i know they would probably recommend the most expensive route..
any info would be greatly appreciated..
A perfectly suitable connection can be made using flare
fittings; no solder, no compression fittings.
The oil service firm may be aware of some EPA
restriction on this, so check.
Bigger question may be whether this is the suction or
return line. That will make a *big* difference in how
the repair is handled.
In short, I would sooner replace the section than
disturb the tank connections and god knows what else...
Another thing to look at is 'did you create a low spot' in the line.
There will always be a few drops of water in your tank. If there
is a slight depression in the line on the outside of your house, it is
a perfect place to freeze up on the coldest day next winter. [a
couple minutes with a hair dryer cures it--- but if you're not home
you might be thawing water pipes out when you get there.]
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