I have a leaking steel pipe that supplies warm water to radiators in my house.
A plumber dropped by and said it would be easiest to cut the bad part away and
weld a replacement. The pipe is about 2 inches thick.
The replacement is about two feet.
The plumber gave me a quote of about $2000 which I promptly refused.
What about using a fiberglass or something else? I'd rather just cut the cracked
steelpipe part away and weld a copper replacement part. Any ideas?
Plumber is right, but the price is outrageous. Getting a welder out to the
house is a couple of hundred bucks though. I'd replace the entire pipe.
If one small section is leaking, the rest of the ipe is probably in bad
shape also. Find a better plumber.
Once the job is done for $350 and you are convinced it's repaired, call
the BBB and turn the thief in. If someone else had done this in the past
he might not have tried to pull this on you. He's put the screws to
others in the past and got away with it. If unchecked, his practice will
The three estimate thing isalways the best way to go..though some of
us (including me) get lazy about it sometimes. It's also a good thing
to let each of them know that you are pricing out the job...it often
gets them to actually give you their best price.
Are you talking about regular iron pipe, with threaded ends and
fittings? and 2 inches "thick" do you mean diameter? Pipe is measured
by ID, so "about 2 inches thick" would likel be 1 1/2" pipe. That size
implies steam to me rather than hot water, but it could be either.
Could you describe the leak? Is it s crack, leaking at a fitting,
damaged, corroded or ??? It would make a difference as to best method
No dumb questions, just dumb answers.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore, Maryland - firstname.lastname@example.org
Related I suppose ... I had a leak in the 1/2 copper water pipe. A
temporary fix was to put a wrap or two of electrical tape around the
leak, and then apply a hose clamp ... the kind that tightens using a
screw. And about that temporary ... I put it on about a year ago, it's
still there. When I get around to redoing the bathroom (which may be
this winter, maybe next), I'll do the permanent fix.
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