I have a system of copper pipes for sprinklers. It's elbows that hold sprinkler
heads are deteriorating to where bits fall off and leak all over. Can't use
sprinklers anymore. I wanting to use shark bite to connect pvc at the ends but
the copper pipe is also deteriorated. Is there a way to smooth out and clean the
copper so I can make a clean connection?
If the copper is that far gone, you're just delaying the inevitable.
You can try, but unless the outside is not pitted the seal won't hold
and I'd guess there'd be a decent chance wouldn't have enough material
left that the mechanical hold would last, either.
You just clean the Cu pipe the same way you do for a sweat fitting; it a
little emery cloth can't shine it up to near new appearance the fitting
And, of course, with the sharkbite fittings you need really, really
square ends and the super-good job of deburring after the cut or you'll
ruin the o-ring in installation.
All in all, I'd sweat a female connector to the copper and thread in a
pvc male and go from there as being the more likely to work...if the
copper were in good shape, sharkbite would be higher probability...
Then again, what's to lose? :)
Don't waste your time and money, the copper is shot. Dig it up and
replace it with good pvc.
Save all the copper so you can turn it in for scrap, the salvage value
is pretty decent. Will probably pay for all of your PVC parts.
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