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If you install a drain plug at the lowest point outside then drain the water before winter this should solve the problem. You would have to open the shower valve to be sure all the water is drained out. The drain plug can also be installed inside
hey Rick, thanks. OK, where would I cut the pipe, ie above the elbow(vertically) or below the elbow(horizontally)? And which way should the drain valves face?
It really doen't matter which way it faces or where the drain is located as long as it's at a point in the piping that either lower than the piping outside or is at the low point
The TEE branch facing down is a bit better but not critical
ok, got it, so then what are your thoughts on soldering this.....I am thinking it would be better to make the cut just below the elbow, and install the facet horizontally so I can get the water out before soldering, as opposed to installing it above the elbow where I can't get the water out
I like your thinking on this. Make your cut where the water is most likely to all drain out. This will make soldering easier and will also insure the pipes will drain out when you prepare for winter
Also leave the shower valve open after you drain the pipes. Also best to leave the drain valves open too
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Rick....one more thought on this....as I am not a soder expert, would I be able to use like an icemaker line to drain each pipe? My understanding is that it is just like a clamp that punctures the copper line?