Rough-In Leak Tests Made Easier
Rounding Out Copper Pipe
Easier-To-Handle Plumber’s Putty

Rough-In Leak Tests Made Easier

Cutting PVC test caps off after a failed water test and then having to reinstall new caps can be time consuming. However, there is a simpler and more cost-efficient method. Before filling the rough-in with water for the second time, drill holes the approximate size of a typical drywall screw into each of the test caps. Wrap the drywall screws (1 1/2 to 2 inches in length) with Teflon tape.

While filling up the rough-in, the water will spurt out of the hole in the test caps, therefore leaving no air in the system. Turn each Teflon-wrapped screw into every riser, providing a leak-proof seal for testing purposes. I have found this method beneficial in saving time and the cost of new test caps.

Dylan Friesenhahn
Bracken Plumbing
Schertz, Texas

Rounding Out Copper Pipe

Since we pros all own multiple battery drills, keep one onsite with a uni-bit in it. After every copper-tube cut, enlarge the opening with the uni-bit. Not only will the lip be completely gone, but the bit can aid in rounding out the tubing. This works for all grades and sizes of soft and hard copper rolls and pipe.

Steve Schmidt
Master-Tech Repair Service
Wauconda, Ill.

Easier-To-Handle Plumber's Putty

I generally purchase plumber’s putty in 7-pound tubs. However, it’s always a chore getting the putty out of the tub, short of using a chisel or screwdriver to pry the stuff out. A simple solution I’ve found is to remove all the putty from the tub and form it into several round balls, the size of racket balls or other size of your liking. (This is something my kids love to do!) Split this between two work trucks and you’ll never have to get plumber’s putty under your fingernails again.    

Brad Crist
Crist Plumbing & Heating
Missoula, Mont.