Several Burst in Baseboard System...Approach?

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Several Burst in Baseboard System...Approach?

Post by squall280 » Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:08 am

I have a house where tenant went on vacation for a week and forgot to leave the heat on during the last cold burst we had. I wasn't aware of this until recently as they used brick heaters. Regardless I have several burst in the baseboard, about 2 inches in length. Just in long spans i have burst not multiple so I figure I could just piece in the burst sections. Is it simple as cutting a piece to size and using to coupler pieces and solder it all together? Trying to source the best way to approach this without starting from scratch.

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Re: Several Burst in Baseboard System...Approach?

Post by Shannon » Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:13 am

This is copper pipe I would assume? adding small splices is not as easy with copper unless you can shift the exiting pipe about 1" to get the couplers and splice piece in place. I believe you can use pex Pipe on all hydronic heating systems which may be easier cause you could cut out larger sections and replace with pex which would flex into place. I'm just not sure if it is recommended in this type of system. Check with a plumbing shop.
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Re: Several Burst in Baseboard System...Approach?

Post by A. Spruce » Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:44 am

Shannon wrote:
Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:13 am
adding small splices is not as easy with copper unless you can shift the exiting pipe about 1" to get the couplers and splice piece in place.
Actually, a "cheat" here is to buy couplers without the stop detent in the middle, thus allowing you to slide the couple all the way onto one side. Of coursed, you need to be able to flex the pipe enough to slip the coupler on, but you don't have to have end play. If you can't find couplers without the detent, I've filed them out before. The only other tidbit is to mark your pipe so that the coupler is centered over the joint when you slide it into place.
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Re: Several Burst in Baseboard System...Approach?

Post by Shannon » Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:10 pm

A. Spruce wrote:
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:44 am
Actually, a "cheat" here is to buy couplers without the stop detent in the middle...
Hey that is a smart idea, great tip!
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Re: Several Burst in Baseboard System...Approach?

Post by A. Spruce » Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:40 pm

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Re: Several Burst in Baseboard System...Approach?

Post by squall280 » Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:09 am

Bringing back the topic. I had other apartments to deal with and sidelined this one. I went to cut the copper with tubing cutters and the metal deforms incredibly easy with i attempt tighten the cutters slowly. any suggestions?

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Re: Several Burst in Baseboard System...Approach?

Post by Shannon » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:51 am

Are you sure you are not pinching the cutters too much at a time? Usually I snug them on (not super tight),twist it around the pipe once or twice and then repeat a couple times or whatever it takes to make the cut. You will not cut it in one pass.
There are basically 2 common classes of copper pipe you will see used for plumbing above ground type K and type M. Type M is a thinner wall of the two types. Even it should not deform too bad unless you are really crushing it with the cutter.
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