Punctured Water Line


Hello All, I was installing new base molding behind the toilet in our basement bathroom and ended up puncturing a hole in a 3/4" cold water copper pipe inside an interior wall. The pipe is punctured slightly more than one inch above the concrete foundation. The hole diameter is about 3/32 inch in diameter. At first I tried cutting a curved piece out of a pipe fitting and pre-soldering the inside surface with lead free solder. I brushed and fluxed the pipe the same way but when I went to coat it with solder, I couldn't get it hot enough to melt the solder (tried using a MAPP torch). The pipe still has water in it and since it is the lowest pipe in the house with no spigot being as low, I don't know how to get the water out. Right now I have a sheet metal screw with a piece of auto heater hose as a washer and it is holding its own. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I would repair this hole? The copper is of the coiled type but as I recall when they installed, a pretty rigid coiled type. I don't know if I could cut the pipe at the hole and then drain the pipe fully and put on a slip fitting and solder it. I'm not sure i could bend the upper part of the pipe enough to get the slip fitting on. Also the pipe has a gradual bend / flattening to it further complicating matters. I was thinking of using a heater hose clamp and a square of heater hose to put over the hole and cinch it very tight but that is probably not a good long term fix. Any suggerstions?
Bob
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Robert Wells wrote:

There are a lot of pipe repair clamps on the market. Here's one with a teflon seal:
http://www.stopit.com/repairclamp.htm
Jeff
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