How To Solder Copper Pipes With Water In It: Plumber's Bread Trick DIY

How To Solder Copper Pipes With Water In It: Plumber's Bread Trick DIY

How do you solder copper pipe if pipe is dripping water after shutting the water main off? This DIY video shows you all about soldering copper pipe with water in it. We’ll teach you about soldering copper pipe and how to use the Plumber’s Bread Trick to solder copper pipe with water in it.

Trolls come here and to claim we never de-burred the pipe before soldering copper pipes, we did indeed de-burr the copper pipe, it is not in the final plumbing bread trick DIY video. At 6:09 in the plumbing bread trick video, you can see my gray de-burring tool sitting on the shower curb.

✅ Tools used in this plumbing tips DIY video:
✅ Bernzomatic Trigger-Start Torch Kit :
✅ RIDGID Close Quarters Tubing Cutter:
✅ Armour Line Pipe And Tubing Reamer:
✅ Plumber’s Solder Kit:
✅ 1/2″ Jet Swet Plumbing Plug Tool (Alternative to bread trick):
✅ Jet Swet 2100 Kit Tools 1/2″ to 1″ copper pipes, carrying case:


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This is 1 of many plumbing tricks, a plumbers bread trick, how to solder pipes and sweating copper fittings, how to solder copper pipe with water inside after the main water valve is shut off. These are plumbing tips to solder dripping pipes.

How To Solder Copper Pipe with water in it

We’ll teach you the correct way how to solder copper pipes. It will be no sweat for you the learn how to sweat copper pipes and copper fittings.

The plumbing bread trick for soldering copper pipe with water in it

Soldering pipes with water in the pipe is impossible; water cools copper pipe so solder will never flow. This common plumbing dilemma happens at 50% of our properties. Our plumbing tips show you how to sweat copper pipe with water in them.

Use our plumbing tricks when soldering copper pipe with water in it.

You cut off the main water but water still leaks and drips out of the copper pipe. You cannot solder your copper fittings until you stop water from dripping out of the copper pipe. A few drops of water in the copper pipe will prevent solder from flowing.

Plumber’s bread trick to save the day

This is an old plumbing trick, the Plumbers Bread Trick. To stop water from dripping from the copper pipe, you wad up some white sandwich bread in a dense ball and push it into the pipe past the area where you’ll solder copper pipes. You’ll learn how to solder pipes with our bread trick, plumbing tips.

Bread in pipe is how to solder pipes with water in them.

Bread stops water from reaching copper pipe connection where copper fittings will be soldered. It blocks water long enough for you to solder copper fittings in place while soldering copper pipe. This is how to solder copper pipe with water in it.

After soldering pipes using plumbers bread trick

Once you know how to solder copper pipes with the plumbing bread trick and completed your plumbing repair solder connection, don’t forget to flush the bread from your plumbers bread trick out of the copper pipe, so it does not clog the valve that you place on the end of your pipe. After soldering copper pipe, remove the bread from your plumber’s bread plumbing tricks out of the pipe by flushing it out of the copper pipe with water.

After you solder dripping pipes

The best way to flush out bread after your plumbing trick and soldering pipes is completed is at the end of this plumbing how to video. Turn on the main water until you hear the pipes fill up with water under pressure for 2 seconds, then immediately shut off the water. This will make the chunk of bread shoot out the pipe into a waiting 5 gallon bucket as seen in this DIY how to video and now your plumber’s bread trick is complete.

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Congratulations, now that you’ve seen this useful soldering copper pipes plumbing videos, you now know how to solder a copper pipe with water in it, while tricking mother nature at the same time. Now you can teach your friends these plumbing tips how to sweat copper pipe when wet using the plumbing bread trick, putting bread in pipe to solder! You can teach an old dog new plumbing tricks.



jeffostroff says:

✅ Tools used in this plumbing tips DIY video:

✅ Bernzomatic Trigger-Start Torch Kit :

✅ RIDGID Close Quarters Tubing Cutter:

✅ Armour Line Pipe And Tubing Reamer:

✅ Plumber's Solder Kit:

✅ 1/2" Jet Swet Plumbing Plug Tool (Alternative to bread trick):

✅ Jet Swet 2100 Kit Tools 1/2" to 1" copper pipes, carrying case:

manstersr says:

I had the same problem with a main shut off gate valve, change to a ball valve and it will stop all water flow. I like the all plastic ones since FL water is corrosive and full of calcium deposits, metal just won't last long term. I've used the bread trick for CPVC also but if you use the blue wet location glue a little moisture won't be a problem. Not sure why you brushed and fluxed the inside of the pipe but you should have done the inside of the coupler right? I never knew about the lenght of solder. I always just fed it enough to fill to the edge of the outside fitting but I'm not a pro, just a DIYer.
BTW, Def Leppard sucks.

English Cad says:

No compression joints in the US then?

grb7858 says:

Nice tip however I would probably do the cleanup work before I put the bread in because the bread won't hold water back for a long time

Neecee Fowler says:

So you are a diy'er.
Not a plumber. That makes perfect sense.
I understand the purpose of the video.
But there are 10 different ways you. Could have performed the job easier and still showed diy'ers the easy cost effective solution.
So sorry if that hit home to you.
But step you game up.

Neecee Fowler says:

Anyone ever heard of jet sweat.

ray bee says:

***steam coming out of the pipe means water in there***********

joseph baloun says:

omg….idea is good… should n o t to instruct anybody how to do it. sorry, you have no skill and common sense!!!!. plus, your small piece of bread would not stop this huge leak for the time of your lenghty demonstration! shame on you.

Edu Ray says:

I wouldn't use a cool wet clothes. Just a regular cloth

simon shaw says:

A little knowledge is dangerous 😂🤣

Tucker Hayden says:

You dont need to clean or flux the inside the pipe

Tucker Hayden says:

You dont need to clean or flux the inside the pipe

Doug Vensel says:

Um, why in the hell did you clean and flux the inside of the pipe? You don't solder inside the pipe, so it's not needed. Ridiculous waste of time. And a quick tip – play your torch on one side of the joint and feed the solder into the other side. The heat will draw the solder all the way around the joint for you. I did plumbing for 42 years and I never once saw anyone put flux on the inside of a male part of any joint.

Snarly Whiplash says:

Who's the old plumber ??
Bcuz it ain't this dude with the torch that don't know heat rises.
He shouldn't be telling nobody nothing
Green as a bean

Recep Tayyip Erdogan says:

1:52 Using vacuum to clean inside of the pipe?
There will be hardly any effect of vacuum from a few centimeter distance.
Also vacuum is hard to come by and with vacuum cleaner I have strong doubts.
However a gentle pressure would be more effective to blow out any dirt in the pipe.
5:04 "solder will be drawn to heat source"
Said who?
This is no longer concerns plumbing , it is physics. Any reference to this statement.?
The correct terminology should be "capillary action" as commonly used but I would suggest surface tension.
Liquids are attracted to the solid surface and adhere with a stronger bond than the inter bond among the liquid molecules.
Hence as soon as soldering metal melts and becomes liquid it is immediately attracted by the surface of copper pipe nearby. That is due to surface tension.
And the attention the double surface of concentric copper pipe one inside the other creating a very fine gap causes capillary action and stronger surface tension force to draw/attract/pull the liquid solder.
Where does the heat comes into play?
That goes beyond plumbing and takes us into physics.
Firstly you need a minimum base amount of heat to keep solder metal in liquid state while cooling off by the ambient temperature.
Secondly you can repeat the same experiment at different temperatures (Not heat) to observe and obtain data how surface tension/capillary action behaves under different temperatures.
Under ambient temperatures this information maybe of no use to plumbers but in electronic industry or in space precision to manipulate the matter maybe everything.



RAMTEK says:

Two things. Do as much prep work as possible before installing the bread. Also, the flame is much hotter where it changes color. High school science.

Darius Dalrymple says:

Will that trick work if the bread has peanut butter and jelly on it?

Gary Poplin says:

I just realized from your presentation here that the reason I've seen so many journeyman plumbers bend the end of their solder was not only to get a better angle; but, it was also to mark how much solder to use on each joint. Thanks for that.

Mark Fairman says:

The problem dripping water will come back to haunt you if the soldered joint fails . Use a jointing method without heat is best .

My Space says:

Stuff some Pillsbury dough inside the pipe, gives you enough time to soldier,
the dough will harden due to heat, but will dissolve in water in no time.

Petechka says:

now how you going to put the chrome plate on with the coupling in the way ?

Pete Ciallella says:

A retired plumber that was in business for about 40 years told me about this bread trick a long while ago. I never had to use it, but it looks like it works as long as the water is only trickling out.

Steven Tentis says:

I was a professional union pipe fitter for 25 years. I worked on installing commercial and industrial boilers and chillers. It was common for me to solder up to 4 inch copper pipe and I had my R stamp for welding on pressure vessels and steam pipe. Jeff I have forgotten more than most of the guy's who are criticizing you. Did you do it like I would ?? No but you made the repair and it doesn't leak and how you got to that point is irrelevant of your methods. Shark bites are shit. There are two types of mechanical couplings, those that leak and those that are going to. I wonder how many of these posters have used teflon tape on a flair fitting. When I see that I know some one was smacked with a stupid stick. You can use a little pipe dope to lubricate the flair so the copper doesn't bind on the brass fitting when you tighten it. All of the criticizing experts can go fuck off.

Ted Mangione says:

Not sure what surprises me more, your obvious lack of expertise with plumbing, or your feeble attempts to defend all your numerous mistakes.

Bill Mckinley says:

So many rookie mistakes . Never put flux inside the pipe . Under over flame under solder over . Never use wet rag to cool pipe let it cool on it's own . Only wipe flux off with dry rag .

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