Better yet, borrow or rent a freeze kit for the water line. This is
what our water department guys used when they couldn't find the paved
over shutoff valve when our main house shutoff decided to give up and
fill the basement. The kit used a trick container attached to a CO2
bottle that filled the box with dry ice. The 3/4" copper line stayed
frozen solid for over half an hour. HTH
I use a swaging tool in those circumstances to restore the copper
pipe to size. It may not make it perfect but it will put in back
in a condition where a soldered fitting won't leak.
The very best solution would be to get some Ford fittings. These
will only be available at a commercial utility contractor's supply
house - no box stores, not normal plumbing stores. The fittings
are expensive but are so simple and positive they are well worth
Blue poly line and Ford fittings. These are the current materials
used by cities and utility companies. These fittings won't care
if the pipe is curved and the blue poly line is very forgiving for
lining up, etc.
Keep the whole world singing . . .
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