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If the leak is in a fitting joint then the only way to fix it is to cut out the fitting and replace it.
If this is some other type of plastic (not glued joints) I need you to be more specific about what you have and where exactly the leak is
It is about 1/2 inch dia plastic tubing, the clear kind. It is about 4 inches from a joint, it is a straight piece.
Is this a supply tube under a sink? how long is the piece?
It sounds crazy, but you should see all the McGyver stuff in our house! electric stuff, plumbing stuff. It would be funny if it weren't my actual house!!
In the basement, there are some giant pipes'
I say giant, because they are about 6 or 8 in in diameter I guess. They are made of metal of some sort and look like pipes you'd see in a boiler room on a ship or something.
Those are the sewer pipes leaving the house i think. Then there is a little, much thinner but also metal, pipe, maybe an inch in diam, I think that is the clean water coming in.
The plastic one connects through the wall to somewhere upstairs.
The leak is in the visible area above the big boiler room pipes. Do you want me to take a picture, although I do not think I can get my camera into the space where the actual leak is.
OK, your best bet is an insert fitting and 2 hose clamps. Cut the tubing at the leak insert the coupling and tighten the clamps on each end
ok. So is it like fixing a hose? I have done that before. It sounds the same. Is there a specfic name for this, or should I tell the guy at Home Depot and he will know what I am talking about?
yes, similar to fixing a hose. You need to know the diameter of the tubing before going for parts
Okay great, that helps.Also, not sure if you can give me an opinion on this...but I am wondering if it might be worth it to go through my home owner's insurance and get stuff
replaced and paid for....properly?
You need to talk to your insurance agent but normally insurance won't pay to correct a defective installation but they will pay for the damage from a resulting failure
Oh those insurance companies, gotta love them. Thank you
do you have time for a bit more on my leak? My husband just came up and I guess I was a bit off with my info. He says it is too close to the joint to do the
I am gonna send/post a couple photos, doing it now.
here is the leak.
That's sheds a completely different light on this
and here are the big pipes below it
This is Wirsbo PEX. You're only option would be to cut out the fitting and replace it with a push-lock type fitting
That cast iron, quite normal for an older house
slow down and let me answer.
There will need to be some slack in the horizontal piece to get it into the push-lock fitting
Go to Home Depot and ask for a push-lock 90 for 1/2" PEX
and here are some more
Once you cut out the leaking fitting you just push the tubing into the new fitting and it locks
okay, I appreciate it. Am I going to need special wrench or something?
no the tubing just pushes into the fitting
you need to be sure you push it in all the way
sounds good. I will give it a try...fingers crossed :)
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