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"Peabody" wrote in message
I have a slab house (1972) with copper water pipes. But at each fixture that
switches over to a galvanized nipple on which the shutoff valve is threaded.
The current problem involves the cold water supply to the kitchen sink and
refreigerator ice maker. Here's a couple pictures:
In case it isn't obvious, the vertical copper line above the Tee is just a
capped anti-knock thing.
I lost all water flow to the ice maker, so I removed the ice maker shutoff
valve and the stem from the main shutoff valve, cleaned out all the crud
was blocking the flow, and reinstalled everything. Everything seemed to
ok, but now I get rusty water first thing in the morning, so I assume that
least the vertical galvanized nipple that I cleaned out, and perhaps other
stuff, is continuing to rust. And because it runs so seldom, the ice maker
will presumably be making very rusty ice cubes, which is not a good thing.
I would like to completely replace everything from the rear nipple forward,
but am worried about breaking something. Based on my experience with the
ice maker valve, I think if I heat the back end of the galvanized Tee I
should be able to break it loose. But I'm concerned about where the rear
galvanized nipple connects into the copper(?) Tee.
So the first question is whether that copper Tee is in fact brass. And if
is, is that just a normal pipe thread joint?
And the second question is whether I could instead put the torch on the
of the brass Tee and then remove that little rear galvanized nipple too. Or
would that risk melting the solder on the copper connections, or risk
damaging the brass Tee? I also have some Penetrating Blaster that might
break things loose, but don't want to poison myself.
I would appreciate any advice on what to do here. Of course I could call a
plumber, and maybe should do that, but would rather not if this is not too
dangerous for me to attempt. I just don't want to damage the brass T in any
One more slightly related question. I also have the rusty water problem at
one bathroom sink, but in that case the galvanized nipple sticks out of the
wall, and the brass Tee, if there is one, is behind the wall, so there's no
way to put a second wrench on it. How would a plumber go about replacing
Thanks for any help.