Lead Service Repair


The service is 1" lead pipe and there's a pin-hole leak just as it comes up out of the concrete floor before the meter. Any ideas on fixing this cheaply? It's in a tavern and they don't want a long down time. Thanks Joe
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"Joe"
If it really is just a pinhole leak, I'm always surprised how well a stainless steel hose clamp works with a little piece of rubber gasket material.
If you want to fix it permanently, break a hole in the concrete about eight inches away, and then carefully work towards the pipe. Very gently, chisel so that the pipe is clear from the concrete. There are various types of transition fittings made for lead pipe that will go to copper or threads. Usually, though, you'll have to bring in a little of the pipe so it can be matched up.
Come to think of it, before you tackle this, make sure you can find a place that sells these fittings (sometimes called "lead packs). They're getting increasingly difficult to find.
Mike
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