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How do I seal a copper pipe connecter.

Copper pipe end points are in place but when I took the pipe apart to replace a faucet, it no longer provides a water tight seal

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If you are using copper tubing, use a cutting tool and cut the tubing so it will be cut straight. Install a new compression nut, then the "O" ring. Tighten the nut securely. You should not have a leak.
If you are using copper pipe, you must clean the ends of each piece to be connected with fine sandpaper. (Approx. 1") If you are using a connection sleeve, sand inside it. Apply solder flux to pipe and sleeve. Use a torch and heat all around joint, then hold your torch on opposite side and touch your solder next to the joint. It will suck the solder in. If you use 1/2 inch of solder, that's enough. No need to over solder.

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The tubing end must be square in order to seat properly in the fixture. The old compression ring may be distorted. The nut may have been cross-threaded at some point. The ultimate solution may be to remove the old fitting and start over with a new one.

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I would replace the fitting on the pipe and see if that helps. Depending on the type of joint that it is you might need to seal it with solder. That is the most effective way that I have personally seen to seal a copper pipe.

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